You know the old saying: “April showers bring May flowers.” If our historically wet winter is any indication, we are likely to have a lot of April showers. Prepare yourself by learning how to drive safely in the rain this season.
- Slow down. Whenever conditions are bad, whether it’s rain, snow, ice, or fog, slow down. The fast you are going, the harder it will be to brake quickly and safely in the event of an unseen obstacle.
- Increase distance between you and other vehicles. Tailgating is never a good idea, but this is especially truly in the rain. Give yourself an extra two cars’ worth of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you so you have more room to brake. If a vehicle is following too closely behind you and will not let up, move over to let them pass. Even though they are driving poorly, that’s no reason to put yourself in danger.
- Turn on your lights: Turning on your lights in the rain makes it easier for you to see other vehicles — but also easier for other drivers to see you.
- Don’t use cruise control: Cruise control is designed for use in dry conditions, but it can be dangerous in moments when you lose traction because of rain.
Stay safe out there, no matter the weather. If you need service or maintenance this spring, look no further than Jack Schmitt Chevrolet.