- Replace your wipers: Have you noticed skipping, streaking, or squeaking 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 on the road.
- Focus: If it’s raining, driving deserves your complete attention. Keep your eyes on the road or your mirrors and both hands on the wheel.
- Drive at a comfortable speed: Cruise control is an awesome feature, but a rainstorm is not the time to use it. Even if other cars around you are speeding, you can stay below the posted speed limits and maintain a speed you feel good about.
- Keep a safe distance: 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 should give you ample time to brake quickly and react to anything that may happen in front of you.
- Be prepared: Even if you are driving as safely as possible, you could still be at risk for skidding or hydroplaning. Never slam on the brakes if you start skidding. Remain calm and slowly steer in the direction you want to travel. Follow a similar process if you are hydroplaning (when your travels on top of water and has little to no contact with the ground).
Please keep these steps in mind to help make the roads a little safer this season in Westfield, Noblesville & Carmel, IN.