Traveling in wind and rain increases the chance of an accident, which is why taking proper precautions is incredibly important. If you must, drive, do so safely. Here are a few helpful tips for driving in the rain from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Slow Down – Driving a little slower than normal is a necessity in the rain, as it gives you more time to stop. Slowing down will also help prevent your car from hydroplaning and potentially causing you to lose control of the vehicle altogether.
Stay Aware – Strong storms tend to bring high winds which can lead to disaster on the road. Larger vehicles are prone to drifting in and out of their lanes as a result of high winds more so than smaller cars. Make sure to keep your eyes open and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Doing so will give you more time to react and come to a stop in the event of an accident or emergency.
Lights – Driving with your lights not only helps your own visibility but it helps other cars see you amid the rain and gray background as well. Make sure your headlights work properly and change out any burnt bulbs. Some states will give you a ticket for driving in the rain without your headlights on.
Driving at night can be dangerous due to low visibility, nocturnal animals, and more. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for driving at night, from the basics to more complex issues.
According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things to do is aim your headlights. Not all drivers realize that your headlights are actually adjustable, but this is a great way to improve visibility. You can find the instructions in your owner’s manual, but we do suggest bringing your car to a specially trained technician. Adjusting them too high can blind other drivers, which can create serious issues.
Spend some time dimming your dash and instrument panel. Most modern cars let you easily adjust the lighting on your dash display. If you can’t find the buttons, consult the manual. We suggest spending a few minutes at night to adjust the brightness levels—usually dimmer is better. Also, be sure to avoid using map/dome lights when driving at night, as this can disperse light into your eyes and all around the cabin.
Look for animals when driving at night as well. The best way to do this is to look for their eyes, as racoons, deer, and other animals’ retinas reflect your headlights. Remember, if you see one deer, there are likely more nearby. Dusk and dawn are often the busiest times for animal activity.
Finally, don’t stare at oncoming lights. Some drivers have extremely bright headlights. If they are blinding, look at the white line on the side of the road until they pass. If the driver behind you is shining their headlights into your rearview mirror, you can tilt it down about 45 degrees for some relief.
Many schools are back in session, which means it’s time for parents to provide transportation for their kids. Carpooling can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole “taking the kids to school” thing. Fortunately, we here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have some excellent back-to-school carpool tips that can help you transition into the new school year!
Organize – Before heading out to school, contact other parents and plan out the route and schedule so no kid gets left waiting in the driveway. Ensure there are enough seats for each child and remind the children who will be picking them up before and after school each day. Doing so will ensure there’s no confusion among the kids.
Drive – Did you know there are quite a few rules and recommendations about driving with children in the car? For example, the NHTSA suggested children who are shorter than four feet, nine inches must ride in a booster seat. Kids 12 years old and younger also can’t ride in the passenger seat. As always, obey the speed limits and pay attention to the crossing guards.
Arrival – When dropping off the kids, make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Have the older children keep an eye on the younger ones as they exit the vehicle. As always, minimize distractions and keep an eye on the road!