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Drivers ed teacher gives tips to avoid rain-related wrecks

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The recent wet weather has made for some very slick streets, which is why local drivers education teachers are warning you to take extra precautions.

According to AAA, wet weather is a factor in about 1.2 million crashes every year. So, how do you avoid getting in a rain-related wreck? 
   
AJ Smith, a drivers ed teacher at Payson-Seymour High School, says start by making sure windshield wipers, lights, and other equipment are in good shape.
   
But Smith says one of the biggest things you can do to prevent getting in a crash has to do with your tires.

"Check the tread on them as much as you can," Smith said. "You know the old trick with the quarter, stick it in with George Washington's head, and if he buries his head down in the tread, you've got good tire tread. If not, you need to start looking other places to possibly replace your tires."

Smith also says if you end up fish-tailing on wet streets, turn your wheel in the opposite direction that the rear of your car is sliding to avoid an accident.
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