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Tips for driving in severe weather


Severe weather can strike at any time, and that means you may find yourself behind the wheel during a storm.

A driving instructor offered some tips to keep you safe on the road.

"Road conditions traffic and visibility, all three of those things are going to effect you," said Wausau driving instructor Cecil Wold.

Wold has worked as a certified driving instructor for 40 years. When bad weather strikes, he says the most common problem for drivers is flooding.

"Slow down, take your foot off the gas, do not apply the brakes," Wold told Newsline 9.

Wold says applying the brakes could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and says if roads are water-covered a driver should never use cruise control.

"The tires will lose contact with the road," said Wold.

"If you see high winds and you see some trees down, slow down and be very careful, if you can go around it then go around it," Wold added.

Severe weather can also cause downed power lines, which Wold says can be extremely dangerous to drivers.

"Stop, don't get out of your vehicle, just as soon as you get out of your vehicle the first thing that happens is that your ungrounded, and you'll get electrocuted," said Wold.

Wold says the safest option is to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you must drive during severe weather, Wold recommends allowing at least four full seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you and be alert to changing conditions.

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