It’s that time of the year during which there is almost always a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. This presents a challenge to drivers who are anxious about driving in the pouring rain, but there are steps you can take to make wet weather driving a breeze.
1. Drive at or Below the Speed Limit
Bad weather means giving yourself a little more time to get where you’re going because, legally, you have to slow down. It is extremely unsafe to speed in wet weather. Breathe and keep several car lengths between you and other vehicles.
2. Check Your Tires
Don’t take a chance on bare, or even moderately worn tires. Remember the penny test? Place a penny with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires! In addition to posing a serious safety hazard in the rain, worn tires decrease gas mileage and place undue wear on your vehicle as a whole. If you need your tires replaced, call American Pride. We can help.
3. Know What to Do When You Hydroplane
We’ve all been there. Driving along in a rainstorm when suddenly, the car slides out of control. The worst thing you can do in this situation is panic and slame on the brakes. The best thing you can do is to sense where the vehicle is headed, try to identify open space in that direction, and continue to lightly accelerate.
4. Turn on Those Headlights
According to Virginia Law 46.2-1030 A., headlights must be illuminated in the event of “rain, smoke, fog, snow sleet, insufficient light, or any other unfavorable atmospheric condition., visibility is reduced to a degree whereby persons or vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 ft, and whenever windshield wipers are in use as a result of fog, rain, sleet, or snow.”
5. Pull Over If You Can’t See
No matter how skilled a driver you are, if you cannot see anything in front of you despite windshield wipers, please pull over until the rain passes. Accordingly, make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape by looking for cracks or dryness in the blades. Quality wipers can make all the difference in the ease of driving in the rain.
American Pride has three locations in Yorktown, Williamsburg and Toano. We specialize in auto maintenance and repair, so please stop in. We’re ready to handle all of your auto care needs. One of the most important aspects of safety when driving in inclement weather is making sure that your vehicle is in good condition as a whole. Contact American Pride to schedule a tune-up or routine maintenance visit.