If there’s one thing that April is known for, it’s showers. Not the kind that you take after a long day of work, mind you—the kind that make driving around Memphis a real pain. Rain is one of the more dangerous elements to deal with on the road, so before you are faced with setting out in a rainstorm this spring, consider these three tips for driving in the rain.
Change Your Wipers
If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, making squeaky noises, or failing to give you good visibility, then it’s time to change them for optimum visibility in the rain. You should be changing your windshield wipers about every six months as it is, so make April the standard for getting a new set of blades.
Hydroplaning is when there is too much water on a surface for a vehicle’s tires to make adequate contact with the road. This can cause the vehicle to slip, giving the driver less control over the vehicle. Hydroplaning is extremely common, and it can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to adapt. The best way to respond is to let off the acceleration slowly and continue to steer straight until you feel that you’ve regained control of the vehicle. As a general rule, slow and steady should always be your approach when the rain’s a-fallin’.
Use Your Headlights
Visibility is typically very low in heavy rain showers, so it’s important to have your headlights on both to improve your ability to see and to help other drivers see you on the road. Think of it this way: if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on too.
These are just some of the tips to consider the next time you head out for a drive in the rain. If you need a new pair of wipers, a fresh set of tires, or a nice post-rainfall detailing, be sure to stop in to Gossett Kia.