Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tips For Driving In The Rain

Tips For Driving In The Rain
BRIGHTON, Mich.- You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. Well, April has come to an end but the rain has not, which can making driving more dangerous. Did you know that thousands of accidents each year are due to rainy conditions? Sp, check out our Tips For Driving In The Rain to stay safe this spring!

Tips For Driving In The Rain:
-The most obvious tip is to slow down when it's raining since the film of water on the road can cause tires to lose traction and rain can reduce your perception. Especially after a long dry spell, take it slow since the oil and grease build up can cause extremely slick roadways. And since you're driving slower, allow yourself more time so that you aren't rushing to your destination.

-In wet conditions, brake earlier and with less force than you normally would to allow a great stopping distance between you and the car in front of you. This will also give other drivers more time to react, preventing accidents. If you drive through a puddle, tap your brakes lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.

-Since you don't know what could be lurking beneath, try not to drive through puddles. Most roads are crowned, so if you stay towards the middle of the road you will avoid deep standing puddles near the shoulder. If there is a large puddle up ahead, drive around or turn around. You don't know how deep the puddle is or if there is a large pothole under the water, and if water splashes into your engine compartment you could damage the internal electrical system.

-If it's raining or the roads are wet, don't use your cruise control since it can actually cause your vehicle to accelerate if you hydroplane. If you do start to hydroplane, keep calm and release the gas pedal slowly while keeping the wheel straight. Avoid braking or turning the wheel which can cause you to lose control.

-Turn on your headlights and stay aware of your surroundings. Even if it is only sprinkling, it will help you to see the road better and will help other drivers see you better. If it's raining so hard that you can't see, it is best to pull over and wait it out to stay safe.

A thunderstorm can pop up out of no where during the warmer months, so keep these tips for driving in the rain in mind and always exercise caution when the roads start to get wet. Make sure your vehicle is ready for rainy weather by making a trip to Brighton Ford's Service Center. Don't forget that we can help you save on routine maintenance with our Tire Rotation Coupons, Tire Discounts, and Brake Shop Discounts!

Brighton Ford is located at 8240 Grand River Ave. just north of I-96 in Brighton. We are a family owned and operated business that strives for customer satisfaction. For more information on Brighton Ford visit BrightonFord.com or give us a call at (800) 836-8206.

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