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Spring Driving Safety

  • Rain is a common spring driving hazard. While most people think of ice or snow when cautioned about slippery roads, the truth is wet roads can be just as slick. Tires can hydroplane on a layer of water, losing contact with the road and causing the vehicle to skid. Rain lifts oil and other slippery fluids, dripped by passing autos, creating a slick layer on the blacktop. Flooded roads can flood out engines. Slow down on wet roads.
  • Replace worn tires. Worn out treads provide less traction and greater chance to slide. Likewise, make sure tires are inflated properly according to your vehicle's owner's manual.
  • Check and replace worn wiper blades. Poorly maintained windshield wipers can hamper visibility in poor weather.
  • Check all fluids. In the cold months, fluids are easily depleted as your car works harder.
  • Check, top off or replace the brake fluid, the transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid and windshield washer fluid.
  • Check brakes. After a winter of heavy braking to avoid ice, be sure to check your brakes.
  • Spring rain also can dampen visibility so it is important to check all vehicle lighting including headlights, taillights, back-up lights, turn signals, parking lights and break lights. These lights are important not only because they help you to see, but also serve as a way to help you communicate clearly with other motorists.