We all know there’s always something going on when you driving on the roads. When I am driving I am always watching myself and the cars around me. Now that my daughter is starting to drive I am becoming more aware of things and others driving around me. People are always in a rush and tend to not pay attention, and this causes many accidents.
Now that it is Spring time the weather isn’t always the best, its been raining here and that makes for slick roads. It’s important all drivers understand that any amount of rain can cause hazardous road conditions.
If you’re teaching a new driver, be sure to practice driving in an array of weather conditions, including rain, and cover these tips with them. Warmer weather means children, pets and bicycles will be out and about. Take extra caution, especially in residential areas. Teach new teen drivers to scan for these potential hazards. This is me I am teaching my daughter, to drive and these are all great pointers.
We need to always make sure our windshield wipers work. Replace them at least once a year. Check your break lights making sure that they work good, and fix them if they don’t.
What if you have tires that you use for winter and some for summer. Change them out and put the winter ones away. When we are driving on wet roads, we should slow down and use the rule of thumb. Stay at least two cars behind any others.
When I am driving in the rain, I tend to pay more attention. You want to always keep yourself and your family safe. Avoid the big puddles and driving through any water, you never know what can happen.
Hydroplaning, the skidding or sliding of tires on wet surfaces, can happen anytime roads are wet. If your vehicle hydroplanes: Don’t panic. Avoid hard braking and quick turns. Ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes (lightly pump standard brakes, apply consistent pressure if you have ABS). Steer straight ahead or to a safe open area. Vehicle braking and traction control systems vary. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to know your vehicle systems and recommended action.
So now that the weather is nicer there are more people outside, so let’s have that respect and watch what we do. A child can run in the street in a blink of an eye, you have to be aware of your surroundings and have good reflexes. Be a safe driver.