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5 ways to stay safe driving on wet roads

Sometimes getting from point A to point B in your car on a good day can be hard enough. But when it's pouring rain outside, it can be downright scary. Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving in the rain.

The return of regular rainfall to the Pacific Northwest brings with it a reminder to take a little extra caution on the road.

Standing water and heavy rainfall can be dangerous obstacles for drivers, and there's bound to be lots of it as an atmospheric river soaks western Washington.

Here are five things drivers should keep in mind before getting on wet roads:

• Slow down, watch your speed, and avoid using cruise control

• Keep headlights on in the rain, day and night

• Increase distance between you and the car in front of you

• Check tire tread, pressure, and your brakes

• Replace windshield wipers on a regular basis

"Slow down, be patient and take your time so you can get there without getting into a collision," said Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson said.

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