Spring Showers Bring Accidents: Wet Weather Driving Tips

wet weather driving tipsWith spring right around the corner, we’ll see more rain than usual. That’s why we’ve put together a list of wet weather driving tips you might not have known.

According to AAA, wet pavement accidents total more than 1.2 million per year in the US. By following some of these safety tips, you should be able to easily avoid an accident this spring.

Our first tip is to make sure you can see and be seen. This time of year is a great time to replace your windshield wipers (which should be done annually). If your wipers are streaking, it’s time for new ones. It’s also important to make sure that your headlamps, taillights, and blinkers are all working properly. If your wipers are on, your lights should be too.

Always make sure to keep up on your tires. You can check tire tread with a simple quarter: flip it upside down–if you can see above Washington’s head, it’s time for new tires. Also, make sure your tire pressure isn’t too low, including your spare.

Last but not least, avoid cruise control. Cruise control prevents the driver from actively controlling acceleration/deceleration—an important task when driving in the rain. Always make sure to stay alert, especially during a downpour. With these tips in mind, we at Lincoln of Troy know you should have no problem staying safe.