When weather gets bad, what you need to know on the road

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) - Driving a car may seem easy but why are people running stop signs and failing to use their signals? Corporal Doug Thomas said it basically boils down to careless driving. He said many people often forget to do the most important thing.

Thomas said, "I can't describe how important it is to wear a seatbelt.  So often if someone is ejected out of the vehicle, very seldom do they survive the accident."

According to Thomas the primary reasons for accidents are drivers following to close, failing to yield and speeding. He said, "Just this week alone we've had five accidents on Highway 49 in the Brookland area.  Two of them were fail to yield, one of them following too close and the other two was probably speed related."

Accidents can occur at any time, but when you add rain into the mix that only makes things worse. Thomas said there are a few things you should remember to do when it's raining.

"I think with rain everything just multiplies. It takes you longer to stop, it takes you longer to see someone. So you need to be sure to use your headlights if it's raining. Of course if your windshield wipers are on you're required to have your headlights on anyway."

Thomas reminds you don't forget to add a little extra space between you and the person in front of you. That rule applies to foggy conditions too, but it's important to use your low beam headlights and be cautious.

One of the newer problems is using a cell phone and Thomas thinks the law shouldn't be restricted to a certain age group. "If they restrict someone from 18 to 21 they should restrict everybody."

But Thomas said there is more to it than that.

He said, "Just use some common sense.  There's not too many phone calls that can't wait to you get to where you're going or to a parking lot to pull over."

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