Williston, ND(KEYZ) As Spring sets in with its sharp breezes and sudden rains, the North Dakota highway patrol is warning drivers to check their tread depths on their tires, and make it a seasonal habit. Many accidents occur when tires do not have enough tread depth, Capt Brian Niewind says this causes hydroplaning sometimes resulting in loss of control and accidents.
“I’ve got 76,000 miles on my truck and I have not replaced my tires yet. It’s crazy how tires seem to last longer now than they did in the past, I guess that may depend too on the brand and stuff, but having ‘good shoes’ when you’re out running or driving, are very important and the more tread depth you have on those vehicles the more water can be displaced,” says Niewind.
It’s best to have a professional check out your tires as we enter the rainy season. If you do happen to hydroplane, DO NOT slam on the brakes. Niewind says just gently lift your foot off of the accelerator, and wait for the tires to meet the road again as your speed drops.
Niewind tells news radio that North West North Dakota continues to be the Patrol’s biggest region. He says it serves as a great training ground for new troopers coming on the job, since there is plenty to do and lots of traffic to control on some of the state’s newest and pristine roadways. Despite all of the oil and ag based truck traffic and drivers from out of state, DUI remains the biggest challenge.
“We have troopers that out there in a week, one week they work maybe three to five days a week, and they’re pulling six, seven even eight DUIs off the road a piece. There is still a lot of enforcement taking place out here, it’s just probably just a little bit easier (than other parts of the state), when it comes to traffic patterns for that enforcement,” says Niewind.