Editor's Note: The following information was provided by the Massachusetts State Police.
With potentially heavy rains expected tonight and tomorrow morning, the Massachusetts State Police remind motorists of the following basic safe driving tips.
- Be mindful that wet roads require increased stopping time. Motorists are advised to drive at speeds appropriate to the weather conditions, slower than they would drive on dry roads, and to keep greater distance than normal between their cars and the cars in front of them.
- In heavy rains, water tends to pool in the left lanes of highways. Motorists are reminded that: 1.) the left lane of multi-lane highways is a passing lane, not a high-speed travel lane, and thus sustained travel in the left lane is prohibited; and 2.) pooled water in the left lane can be a hazard to vehicles driving at high speeds.
- Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded sections of road. Standing water can be deeper than it appears, and cars can easily become stranded.
- Motorists are remind to always drive at a speed reasonable for the weather and road conditions, to wear seatbelts, and to avoid distractions such as playing with the radio, using electronic devices, or wearing headphones.
- Anyone who gets in trouble on the roads is reminded to call 911 on a cell phone to immediately be connected to a State Police Communications Section.