(credit: Matt King/Getty Images)

(credit: Matt King/Getty Images)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In just a short while North Texas will start getting the first of what is expected to be drenching rain. That means drivers will need to be extra cautious when getting behind the wheel.

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Anyone who’s ever been through a downpour knows that driving in the rain can be dangerous; Mark Petit with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said the most important thing you can remember is to be patient.

“You need to slow down… put a little bit of space between yourself and the driver in front of you. Make a little extra time for yourself when traveling to destinations,” he suggested. “Give yourself extra time to get from Point A to Point B.”

Considering all the construction zones across North Texas, Pettit says those work areas could also be problematic. “The rain is probably going to hinder some of our construction. They may actually have to close down activities. But certainly anytime you’re going through a construction zone; slow down and be careful. There are people out there working.”

Pettit adds that it’s also a good idea to drive in the middle of the road, when you can, because water tends to collect on the sides, especially in low lying areas and on curves. “When you’re driving those curve spots, those are places where the rains often cause oil in the road to come to the surface,” he said. “Those can be slick areas.”

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Drivers are advised to be especially careful driving behind big trucks or buses, since the spray of water from their tires can completely cover a windshield and blind you.

According to TxDOT, flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas. They want drivers to know that as little as six inches of water can float some vehicles.

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