Photo by Colleen Park.
Photo by Colleen Park.

Heavy El Nino rain Tuesday and throughout the week will bring especially dangerous driving conditions to Southern California freeways and surface streets, and authorities warned motorists to slow down and watch out.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the first 10 minutes after the rain begins are the most dangerous because the rain mixes with oil from motor vehicles and oil from new asphalt resulting in a slippery roadway,” said Sgt. Richard Cohen.

Among his warnings are:

— slow down;

— beware of hydroplaning. If you start to hydroplane, ease off the accelerator and steer straight until you gain control;

— Turn on your headlights;

— Maintain a safe distance;

— Check your tire tread;

— Stay alert.

—City News Service

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