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Health Tip: Stay Safe on Slick Roads

-- It's easier to lose control of the wheel when roads are wet and slippery.

Always slow down and be particularly careful when driving in the rain, says the U.S. National Safety Council. Never hit the brakes hard to slow down; instead apply gentle pressure to the breaks to prevent locking and skidding. Also, take all corners slowly.

Keep your car in good shape to prevent skids and hydroplaning. The NSC recommends making sure tires are in good shape, with good tread and proper inflation. Get new tires when old ones wear, and steer clear of standing water on the roads.

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Posted: July 2009