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3 tips for driving in the rain — from a stunt driver




Steady and heavy rain Thursday in Southern California created dangerous driving conditions with standing water on major freeways at times. 
Photo by Ed Joyce/KPCC
Steady and heavy rain Thursday in Southern California created dangerous driving conditions with standing water on major freeways at times. Photo by Ed Joyce/KPCC
Ed Joyce/KPCC

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Angelenos aren’t known for our ability to drive in the rain, but there are a few things we can do to keep ourselves safe.

“Everybody thinks they’re a great driver,” stunt driver Greg Tracy said. “With the years of teaching racing schools and car clinics and just being on the road, maybe it’s actually 1 in 100 that are okay.”

Tracy recommends being extra cautious during the first 10 minutes of rain, when the oils make the roads extra slick.

Then once the the oils wash off, drivers have to worry about hydroplaning. It only takes 1/12-inch of water on the road for a car's tires to lose contact with the road, he said.

Below are few other tips he offers as drivers face their rainy commute:

This story was updated.