Rain, Rain, Go Away
Puddles, hydroplaning and slicks, oh my! Now that the rainy season is here, your driving style should change.
--Slow down. Wet roads are slick and will require more time and distance to stop than dry roads. According to Department of Transportation statistics, one in four crashes occur during inclement weather and rain-related crashes are four times more likely than snow.
--Give your car a thorough inspection of tires, windshield wipers, blinkers, headlights and taillights. Tires with poor tread have less traction and are more likely to slide and less likely to stop quickly. Replace tires when the tread is 4/32 of an inch. Wipers are an easy, cost-effective fix. Don't wait until a cloudburst to notice your wipers aren't working correctly. And the importance of working lights cannot be understated when driving in the rain. With more time and distance needed to make stops, you want to make sure the drivers behind you can see your intentions.
--Avoid hydroplaning. If you can't change lanes safely to avoid a puddle, then you might be in for a little ride. When hydroplaning, gently let your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want your car to go. Avoid sudden braking or steering which can make matters worse.
--Turn on your headlights. Visibility is key when driving in rain, so increase your visibility to other drivers.
Don't let the weather rain on your parade! Stop by Sherwood Auto Repair for your scheduled maintenance and we can help your car perform its best, rain and all.
Sherwood Auto Repair
9965 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Rd,
Tualatin, OR, 97062