Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to appreciate the longer days, warmer weather, and coming summer. Springtime in Florida brings rainy weather which can present a nerve wracking set of driving conditions for new drivers. Do you know how to drive safely in adverse weather conditions? Proper vehicle maintenance and extra caution on the road are both key. Here are a few tips to help you out:
- Check often to make sure the wipers, lights, and other equipment work properly. Change your windshield wiper blades regularly. Old wiper blades can crack, split or tear and they won’t do an effective job of helping to improve visibility. Most wiper blades should be replaces ever six to twelve months as a part of routine maintenance. Making sure your wiper blades work properly is extremely important if you’re facing a downpour.
- To be seen in the dark or in gloomy, rainy weather, check that all of your exterior lights are working properly. You should check your brake lights, signal lights, headlights regularly. You put yourself and others at risk if others are not able to see you and any of your signal lights. Additionally, if you have a headlight out, it can be tough to see in the dark or spot pedestrians, other vehicles, and any road hazards.
- Check your tires for wear and tear and replace when needed. If your tires treads are worn down, you run the risk of slipping and sliding all over the road. Use a quarter inserted into the tire tread to determine the amount of tread depth left. Place a quarter with the top of Washington’s head down between the treads of the tire and check to see if you can see all of Washington’s head. If you can see all of Washington’s head, the tread is too shallow and the tire should be replaced.
- Remember, it’s not a race, slow down in adverse weather conditions. Rain, snow, wind, can add an extra complications to driving. Your visibility may be reduced, and it can take you more time to stop on a slippery road. Make sure you are prepared, alert, and in control by slowing down and proceeding with caution.
- If you do find yourself skidding or sliding, don’t panic. Don’t slam on the brake, ease off the gas, and steer into the direction you wish your car to go.
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