We were reminded of this adage due to the particularly wet winter we had. But the dryness of Summer is still far off. So, with some wet weather still to go, we thought we would share some simple tips that will help keep you safer in the wet weather. Rain changes things about driving, and habits that you might have may need to be adjusted.
- Slow down and increase the distance between yourself and the next car. You have a poorer stopping distance on wet surfaces.
- Turn on your lights, even during the day. Other cars notice you more quickly with your lights on.
- When turning, brake before you enter the turn, not during the turn, then accelerate out of the turn.
- Avoid driving in the ruts that naturally form within lanes by driving just slightly off center from the lane. Water pools in these ruts and you can hydroplane in a deep patch.
- Take extra care to avoid water where you can't see the bottom. That puddle might be hiding a deep pothole.
- If they need it, make sure you've replaced your windshield wipers.
- Check your tires, too. If you're on shallow tire treads, it'll be even tougher for you to stay safe on wet surfaces.
- Keep those windows clear. If they need to be cleaned on the inside, do so before you go out next. If they're fogging up, set your AC to defrost.
If you have any concerns about the road worthiness of your vehicle in the rain, Convoy Auto Repair is here to help. Just drop us a line, and we'll address any concerns. Stay safe out there, and we’ll hold out for sunny skies together.