Last year Austin barely saw water fall from the sky. Now it’s only been about 8 weeks of 2012 and already we’ve had record amounts of rain. I think. If it’s not record amounts, it’s A LOT. Enough to make me stop what I’m doing and blog a little bit about safe driving in very rainy conditions. So here are a few tips to safely drive in heavy rain and make it to wherever you’re headed. See, there’s a reason we’re the most awesome Honda dealer in Austin!
As most of you I’m sure have experienced these last few days, driving in a torrential downpour is not the definition of fun. So the first thing that you should do is SLOW DOWN. No need to be in a hurry when cats and dogs are falling from the sky. Not only will slowing down provide you with more traction on the road, but it will also reduce the chance that you hydroplane should you drive over a large puddle.
Wet road conditions make sudden stops take longer, so make sure to keep a safe distance from the car(s) ahead of you.
When was the last time you replaced your windshield wipers? If it was more than a year ago, drive straight to a shop and get a new set. You’ll notice the difference and will be able to see much better. Wipers should be replaced about once a year; and while we might not use them in Austin very often, when we need them, we really need them!
Turn on your lights. You want to make sure that all the drivers around you can see your car.
Lastly, tires. Now, I know tires can get pricey, but, next time that you need to replace your car’s tires select ones with a tread design that also features rubber compounds. These perform really well in wet conditions. However, something that you can do right now is to check your tire’s air pressure and ensure they’re at optimal levels. I blogged about tire pressure a few months ago, so give it a read to make sure what to look for.