- Replace your windshield wipers: Have you noticed streaking, squeaking, or skipping with your windshield wipers? If so, it's time for some new ones. You can also inspect your blades for corrosion or other damage that might be a sign for change. Buying new blades will do wonders for enhancing your visibility and help you better react to anything that happens while you are on the road.
- Eliminate distractions: A rainstorm is not the time to be taking calls, messing with your radio, or eating a burger. Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road and your mirrors.
- Maintain a safe 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 within a range you feel good about.
- Don't tailgate!: Stay at least five car lengths, or one second per ten miles per hour, behind the car in front of you. This should give you ample time to brake quickly or respond to anything that may happen.
- Be prepared: Skidding and hydroplaning can happen to anyone, even the safest driver. If you begin skidding, do not slam on the brakes! Don't panic and slowly steer in the direction you need to travel. Similar steps should be followed if you start hydroplaning (when your travels on top of water and has little to no contact with the ground). Don't make any sudden movements, let off the gas, and slowly steer in the direction you need to go.
Please keep these tips in mind to help make the roads a little safer this season in Murphy.