Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can turn into a serious hazard in seconds. Visibility is severely reduced, glare can make it difficult to see the lines on the road, and it’s easy to run over a slick surface and start hydroplaning. The next time you get behind the wheel in a storm, remember these tips for driving in the rain.

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Increase the distance between you and the car ahead

It may take more time than usual for your car to come to a complete stop when the surface you’re driving on is wet. Therefore, you may want to leave more space than usual between you and the vehicle ahead, so that you have plenty of room to stop.

Keep your headlights on

Any time that your windshield wipers are active, your headlights should be on. This will also allow oncoming drivers to easily spot you, and people in your lane to see you in their rearview mirrors.

Go easy on the accelerator

If you try to speed up right after a stop when the ground is slick with rainwater, and you may find yourself slipping and sliding around. Instead of hitting the gas hard when a light turns green, take your time to accelerate so that you can avoid this slippery situation.

If you’d like more advice for driving in the rain — or need a tune-up before your next trip through inclement weather — feel free to speak with us here at Bill Jackson Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

How to tell if you need new tires

Your tires are some of the most important things on your car, which is why you need to make sure you are replacing them when they get too worn out. One of the simplest ways you can determine if you need new tires is by using a penny.

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Take a penny and place it in between the tread grooves on your tires with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too worn down and, it is time to get a new set. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining, and you’re in the clear.

Make sure you do this test in multiple places on all four tires. If you notice that one tire is more worn down than the others, this could be a sign your wheels need to be realigned.

Tread is an important thing to consider because it is what gives your tires traction. When the tread is too worn down, your tires are “bald,” and they will have a harder time gripping the road, especially during inclement weather. Bald tires also gather more friction from the road, which can lead to overheated tires and blowouts.

If you need a new set of tires, a rotation, or just want an expert opinion as to whether you’re due for a change, pay us a visit at Bill Jackson Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac.