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Old 09-16-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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When the road is likely to be slippery.

We all know or should know that after somewhat of a dryspell and it rains , the road will be slippery more so than any other time with the exception of sleet or ice. Friday while heading down 22 between Jasper and Birmingham I told my wife its fixin to rain and I bet it will get slippery. Sure enough, within ( and Im not exaggerating) 30 seconds after the rain started two cars in the north bound lane slid into the median right before my eyes. Luckily, neither flipped or came over to our side( honesty forget if there was a divider) .Folks , people are oblivious to how quick things can go bad.
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Best to slow down
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I often end up slowing down to 45mph in really heavy rain. I know it pees off other drivers.
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I often end up slowing down to 45mph in really heavy rain. I know it pees off other drivers.
I do too, but could care less what the other drivers think. It's best to stay in our comfort zone for the conditions and let the other guy do his thing.
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I'm not too concerned regarding my driving since I also slow down, what concerns me is the other guys who don't know or care to slow down. I'm always looking out for the other guy. I think this is a carry over from my motorcycle riding days. You have to have eyes in the back of your head when riding or driving. You need to keep looking for a way out if you get in trouble with someone else.
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The conditions the OP was referring to is extra slippery because of the accumulated oil and rubber on the road when it first rains after a dryspell. If the rain is heavy enough after an hour the road could be perfectly fine. 5000+ lbs, 100 psi, and good tread makes hydroplaning almost impossible at normal speeds unless there’s serious puddling of water. Your speed comfort level may vary from mine as having grown up in south Florida, rain can be a daily event and YES in the early spring it can be bumper cars on I-95 when it first rains.
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What a relief to read other's responses that make sense. I've seen so many "off track*" ideas on these forums, including: Turn on your engine brake when it's slippery, Add more air to your tires to expose the tread better, My rig weights 30 tons and CAN'T slip on the road...

Thanks to the other poster for being smart enough to drive safely and drive defensively!

* - When I say "off track" I am trying to be very kind and respectful of their assumed intelligence.
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