Bald or poorly maintained tires won’t get you very far when it comes to driving on slippery roadways. With improper equipment and maintenance, slick surfaces from rain storms are a major threat to safety on the road.
Take control by following this advice on ways to prepare yourself and your vehicle for possible wet weather.
• During wet weather conditions, drive slowly and keep in mind that stopping distances will be longer than usual. Stopping on a wet road can take up to four times the stopping distance of a dry road.
• Rainwater that mixes with oil or grime on the streets can cause slippery conditions that may result in unexpected skidding.
• Drive smoothly. To maintain control of your vehicle, try to avoid jerky, abrupt movements when braking, accelerating or turning.
• Check your tires at least once a month. This includes proper rotation, inflation, repair and replacement.
• In many areas of the country, the snow and ice of winter leave roads in bad shape. Hitting a pothole can damage your tire and/or the wheel of your vehicle. The sharp impact can cause immediate tire or wheel failure or internal damage that can lead to tire failure weeks later. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help reduce pothole damage and other road hazards. Here’s an extra tip about potholes:
• If you do have to hit a pothole, avoid braking during the impact. Instead, attempt to brake before impact and release just prior to contacting the pothole. Braking during impact sets up the tire and wheel assembly for a “solid hit” against the edge of the hole. Less severe damage occurs when a tire is rolling, rather than skidding, over the pothole.
Save yourself money on expensive repairs by following these tips to help keep your vehicle running in tip-top shape.