Winter driving can be tricky, but springtime brings its own set of difficult weather conditions: rain and wind. If you haven’t driven in the rain recently, you might forget just how tricky it can be. In order to stay safe when driving in the rain and wind this spring season, follow these tips.
Watch Other Vehicles
When it’s windy out, strong gusts can easily cause cars to swerve, especially larger vehicles. Stay alert of the vehicles around you, and be careful not to hover next to semi trucks or other large vehicles.
Keep Your Distance
In the same vein, you should leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you. It can take longer to brake when the roads are wet and slippery, so having extra room for error is important.
Using your headlights in the rain helps other drivers to see your vehicle, so it’s very important to check your headlights regularly and to turn them on in the rain. Changing your car’s windshield wipers will also help optimize visibility for you, providing a clear windshield even in the heaviest of showers.
Speeding in the rain can quickly lead to hydroplaning, which is when the vehicle’s tires make more contact with the water on the road when with the road itself. Stay safe by driving slowly and leaving yourself plenty of time for the commute.
If your vehicle needs new windshield wipers, tires, or any other maintenance adjustments to prepare for the warmer weather, stop by Avery Greene Honda. Our service department is always happy and willing to help.