Rainy weather can be incredibly calming: the smell of impending rain, the sound of raindrops hitting a window, and the misty haze that light showers bring are very soothing for some people. Still, rain can present significant hazards for Baltimore drivers. A visit to your Baltimore auto mechanic (and some safe driving tips) can help you stay safe on slick roads.
Reasons to Visit Your Auto Mechanic: Windshield Wipers, Tires, and More
There are a few different components that must be in tip-top shape before you can drive safely in the rain. Your car’s windshield wipers (and the motors, linkages, and blades contained within them) are crucial for visibility. Make sure to address any windshield wiper issues in advance of any rain. Your tires should also be ready to roll — worn-out tires with low tread cannot provide sufficient traction, making slick roads even more perilous. Don’t drive in the rain with bald tires, and visit your auto mechanic for any steering or tire alignment issues you may have noticed. Finally, work with your auto mechanic to ensure that your turn signals, brake lights, and headlights are all in working order. A burnt-out turn signal bulb may not seem like a big deal when you’re driving around your neighborhood, but low visibility in rainy weather means that all of your vehicle’s lights are even more important than usual.
Safe Driving in Rainy Weather
Drivers should keep the following tips in mind when driving in rainy weather, even when driving safe and well-maintained vehicles:
- Drive slowly. It can take much longer for drivers to slow down or detect hazards in rainy conditions, and aggressive braking can cause you to skid. Drive slowly and leave plenty of space between cars.
- Stay calm when hydroplaning. Losing traction on the road is terrifying, but overcorrecting can be disastrous. Avoid hard braking and extreme movements, and try to stay calm until you can regain control of the vehicle.
- When in doubt, don’t go out. If conditions are exceptionally poor, try to avoid any unnecessary driving or reschedule your outings.
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