- Replace worn wiper blades: Have you noticed squeaking, streaking, or skipping with your windshield wipers? If so, it's time for some new ones. Also, you can look over your blades for corrosion or other damage that might indicate a need for a change. A new set of blades will do wonders for enhancing your visibility and help you better react to anything that happens while you are driving.
- Eliminate distractions and focus: If it is raining, driving demands your undivided attention. Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road or your mirrors.
- Drive at a comfortable speed: Cruise control is an awesome feature, but a rainstorm is not the time to use it. Even if cars are speeding around you, you can stay below the posted speed limits and maintain a speed you feel good about.
- Don't tailgate!: Keep a minimum of five car lengths, or one second of following distance per ten miles per hour, between you and the car in front of you. This will give you enough time to brake quickly or react to anything that may happen in front of you.
- Prepare for skids or hydroplaning: Even if you are an extremely safe driver, you may still be at risk for skidding or hydroplaning. If you begin skidding, do not slam on the brakes! Don't panic and slowly steer in the direction you need to go. Follow a similar process if you are hydroplaning.
Please remember these tips to help make the roads a little safer this season in Mooresville, NC.