October is never a month for a lot of rain (unless there is a late season
hurricane) but this year is even more dry than normal. Well below average
rainfall has led to brown lawns, lower lake levels and less practice driving
on wet pavement. Today is apparently changing all that and tomorrow should
be more of the same. It has been raining in some part of Polk County for
the past few hours and will continue to do so off and on for the rest
of today and part of Saturday, before cooler weather and, again, no rain
rules the day. Until then however it pays to remember the rules of the
road. It can not be emphasized enough how taking a few extra minutes to
get where you need to be can make all the difference. Not being in a hurry
will allow time to properly observe what is going on around you and give
you the time to make decisions while driving without worrying about being
late. Texting and cell phone usage should be saved for when you get to
your destination (another good reason for leaving a few minutes early).
Driving defensively will aid you in getting to your destination safely
and with minimum stress.