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Wet weather calls for safer driving

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TYLER (KYTX) - The rules of the road have changed, thanks to all the wet weather we've been getting. Law enforcement asks that you drive differently for your own safety and others.

That means slowing way down and not following too closely. Those are the two most important things that are going to help you avoid an accident in rainy weather.

"Even though I have good brakes and good tires, I still like to be cautious because there's no sense in having an accident to try to get any place faster or anything." says driver Julia Waner.

She's slowing down and keeping plenty of room between her and other cars on the road.

"It's always nice to cut back on the speed when it is raining or when the weather is like this." she says. 

Tyler Police Officer Don Martin says practicing safe driving makes all the difference in avoiding accidents.

"We have a lot of rear end collisions, just because people are going too fast, which is the first reminder, and then they slide and then they strike somebody."

He says you shouldn't feel like you have to follow speed limits in storms.

"If we were to receive torrential rains and it was just a downpour, and the speed limit says 45, that doesn't really mean drive 45. It means, you drive a safe speed for the conditions that you're driving in."

Waner has no problem driving under the speed limit.

"If I can stop an accident or prevent an accident and just be more cautious in this type of weather, yeah." she says.

She hopes other drivers will do the same.

According to AAA, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million accidents each year.

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