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BPD releases rainy weather roadway tips

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 18:01:56-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield Police have released safety tips amid forecasted rain in the area.

Below is a list of tips the department said will help keep drivers safe on the roads and decrease chances of roadway accidents.

  • Slow down! Reducing your speed will lessen the chances of hydroplaning which can occur in only a quarter of an inch of water.
  • Use your headlights. Utilizing your headlights increases your visibility to other drivers on the roadway. The California Vehicle Code requires drivers to use their headlights during inclement weather.
  • Pay attention! Electronic devices and cellular telephones should never be used while driving, but when driving in rainy weather your attention to your surroundings is your best defense against a hazard or collision.
  • Help us help you. If you experience a roadway hazard, please notify the Bakersfield Police Department immediately so we can take action to resolve the problem. Call us at (661) 327-7111 to report hazards and as always utilize 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

BPD also said it encourages drivers to minimize their time on the road during periods of rain.