Now the Old Man Winter seems to be on his way out, it’s about time for spring showers here in Springfield! Just because there’s no snow or ice doesn’t mean that precautions shouldn’t be taken. Here are several tips and reminders to help you stay safe in messy weather.
Wet Weather Maintenance
- Check the tread and pressure of your tires. The condition of your tires will help determine whether your car can handle the roads or not. With low tire pressure, the handling of your car will be dangerously affected.
- Check your windshield wipers and fluid. These are a necessity when driving and must be a priority to check.
- Check your exterior lights to make sure they’re not burnt out. This includes head and tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals. Remember to use your headlights when your windshield wipers are on, it’s the law!
- Make sure you have a full tank of gas. Messy conditions can lead to accidents and backups.
- Leave more room behind other cars than you normally would on the roads to keep a safe and secure driving distance. Remember that it takes longer to brake when it’s raining. Stay at least 5 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
- To reduce the risk of hydroplaning, apply your brakes with caution and try to change your direction and speed slowly.
- Before leaving to go anywhere, check your local weather and traffic apps to determine whether the road and major highways are decent enough to drive on.
- Avoid using cruise control and keep your traction control on!
As always, keeping your car maintained will help you drive more safely in all weather conditions. Remember to stop by your local auto repair specialist to stay up to date on all your recommended services! Drive safely!