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Amanda Butterfield reportingBrent Wilhite, UDOT Spokesperson: "Anytime we have rain or snow on the roads, it changes the way of the road."
Wednesday morning, there was a lot of rain and snow, making for a winter-like commute for folks all across the valley. In some areas, plows were even out this morning.
U-DOT sent out plows to Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons to clear the roads for commuters there. All of the drivers on roads along the East Bench had to deal with the snow this morning.
Because it rained so heavily water has pooled on several roads. Combine that with freeway speeds and you can lose control of your car in an instant. Hydroplaning is a combination of tire wear, tire inflation, speed, and water on pavement.
Here's the best ways to stay safe when driving: Slow down, stay alert, and don't get to close to the cars in front of you.
Brent Wilhite, UDOT Spokesperson: "When there's rain... From in front of you, so if you increase that distant following distance you'll have better visibility, .. And in case you need to suddenly break you've got that room."
We've got a few more days of this weather, so be careful.