WHITE CITY, Ore. -- ODOT and emergency crews are staying busy. Rain throughout Southern Oregon is making roads slick. ODOT officials reported at least three drivers lost control of their cars on I5 Friday.
NewsWatch12 spoke with L.C. Campbell, the owner of Diamond LV Towing and Recovery. He said rainy conditions always make for a busy day.
Campbell said, "First rain is always interesting because the roads are slick. When you have your first rain the oil comes up off the road because it's hasn't seen rain in a long time, so the rain mixed with the water gets slick and people don't stop in time."
Friday the crew towed 20-30 cars.
If you don't want to find yourself in need of a tow truck from the wet roads, Campbell's advice is simple.
"You have to stop looking at your phone and pay attention to the road and plan your stops a little more because if you don't you might stop in the rear-end of someone else."
ODOT is advising drivers to watch for hydroplaning conditions.
• Watch for hydroplaning conditions. If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes and steer straight ahead.
• Keep your distance. If it hasn’t rained in a while, road surfaces will be slick.
• Turn on your headlights to improve visibility.
• Disengage your cruise control.
• Slow down, especially through high water. Driving through several inches of water at high speed can cause you to lose control of the car.
• Check your wipers for signs of damage. Replace wiper blades regularly.
• Check your brakes. After driving through a puddle, check that brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times.
• Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Tires should have a recommended 2/32 of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves. Driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires reduces traction and control on wet pavement.
• Make sure your defroster is functioning properly, especially if you haven’t used it in a while.