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.
As we move into 2020, there are tons of ways you can make
your car a little bit more eco-friendly. Here are some easy ways to go green
with your car in the New Year.
Replace Your Air
Filter more frequently
The air filter is there for a reason, and having a clogged
air filter means the particles it should be collecting go into the atmosphere.
Plus, a clogged air filter can lower your gas mileage by as much as ten percent.
Not only will this save you money at the pump, it’ll mean fewer emissions and
less need for gasoline.
Switch to synthetic oil
If you replace the oil in your engine with synthetic oil,
you are reducing the amount of raw oil that needs to be drilled. Many synthetic
oils don’t carry chemicals that breakdown at higher temperatures like petroleum
products do, so they won’t release into the atmosphere. You can easily choose a
synthetic oil with energy-conserving compounds by looking for a label from the American
Drive a bit slower
Faster driving not only makes you more likely to get hit
with speeding tickets, it also releases more emissions into the atmosphere.
Driving at a consistent 60 mph or under can save up to 15 percent on gas
mileage, which means less reliance on fossil fuels.
If your car is packed full of cargo in the back seat or
trunk, that extra weight can actually force your engine to work harder, resulting
in more emissions. Clean out your vehicle for less weight and a better
If you’re looking for a qualified technician to replace your air filter or fill your car with high-quality synthetic oil, make an appointment with the service department at Asheville Chevrolet.