Driving on a warm, sunny day can be relaxing and fun. However, once the clouds open up and the rain starts to fall, driving can quickly become more difficult. Here are a few tips for how to drive safely in the rain.
Wait Until the Weather Clears. If a heavy
storm is rolling through, it is better to wait until it passes before you start
driving. Don’t put yourself and other drivers in danger if you have time to
Turn on Your Headlights. In North
Carolina, it is the law that you must turn on your headlights whenever you need
to use your windshield wipers during inclement weather. Even if it is just a
light rain, your headlights can help other drivers see your car.
Slow Down. Wet roads are slippery roads. If
you need to do a quick stop, it will take your car longer to stop than when
roads are dry, and you can quickly lose control. This means you should slow
down and leave more following room between you and other vehicles.
Avoid Puddles. While puddles may seem harmless
or even fun to drive through, they can hide large potholes and be far deeper
than they look. Driving through standing water can cause your car to hydroplane
and lose traction.
If you need some new tires before your next road trip through a rainy area — or want an expert opinion on your car’s condition — pay us a visit at Asheville Chevrolet.
The quality of your tires can be the difference between
smooth sailing and potentially dangerous bad traction for your vehicle. The
easiest way to check whether your tires are worn out is — surprisingly — by
using a penny as your measurement tool.
Simply stick a penny into the groove of your tires with
President Lincoln’s head pointing down. Your tires are fine if Lincoln’s head
is covered. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your tires have worn
past 2/32 of an inch, and you should get a replacement set as soon as possible.
The tread in a tire is how your vehicle keeps traction on
the road. Big grooves allow water and debris to move past the wheel and keep a
firm grip on the road. Bald tires reduce the amount of debris and water that can
move through, so they lose grip in adverse road conditions. The state of North
Carolina even requires that your tires have at least 2/32 inch tread to
increase overall road safety.
There can be other signs of wear. More worn tread in the
center can mean over-inflation of the tires, uneven wear can be a result of
misalignment, and if there is wear on the edges, your tires may be underinflated.
Check your tires today to stay safe. If you need new tires or want an expert opinion, the certified service professionals at Asheville Chevrolet can help you out.
Asheville is an exceptionally welcoming and wholesome town located in the great state of North Carolina. As members of the Asheville Chevrolet family, we’re proud to continue that tradition at our dealership.
We here at Asheville Chevrolet consider it an honor to serve
the wonderful people of Asheville, along with other customers from across the
Tar Heel State. Here, you’ll find the latest lineup of Chevrolet vehicles,
along with top-of-the-line service and a knowledgeable, friendly sales staff.
We wanted to extend our hospitality and automotive expertise
to the online realm, so welcome to the all-new Asheville Chevrolet blog. This
site will serve as an expert guide to news and topic surrounding Chevrolet and
the automotive world as a whole. Want to learn more about the latest Chevy
model or need some tips for preparing your car for the winter? Consider this
blog your knowledge headquarters.
The Asheville Chevrolet staff will also provide information
about the vibrant community that we call home, from annual events to locations
that you have to visit while you’re in town looking at new Chevrolets.
Keep an eye on our blog for frequent updates, and feel free to swing by Asheville Chevrolet to speak with a member of our personable, professional staff.