Well spring has finally arrived here in the Northeast! As restless as we all get in the winter, most of our wildlife friends also look forward to better weather and therefore getting more active. This can bring on added issues to us as drivers in Bucks County especially when it comes to our favorite, Deer.. They can be an issue at any time of day, but especially in early evening and at night. They tend to be more active as the day cools, and more reckless in the spring. A couple thoughts and ideas for dealing with the deer as a driving issue:
Well folks we hope all of you are having a terrific holiday season and we want to wish everyone a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year. Of course the new year in the Northeast signals a time that most of us as drivers don't look forward to, winter! And most parents we've ever worked with are absolutely terrified that first winter their teen drivers have to deal with icy and snowy roads. So we're going to pass along a few ideas for both new and experienced drivers in dealing with winter road conditions.
Who knew it only takes 1/12th an inch of rain at 35 mph to hydroplane? Streets and roads are more dangerous when we get rain after it has been dry for a while. (Rain will make the road slick with dirt and oil that have accumulated). But, you just need water. Thankfully most of the oil washes off after one day’s rain. Regardless, wet roads are dangerous— whether it is raining or not.
Often danger comes from limited visibility. Be safe, drive smart. Check out these 4 driving tips for driving in rain.
1. Turn on Headlights
Day or night, keep your headlights on while driving in rain. In many states, laws require headlights during rain or whenever visibility is less than 1000 feet. That is about a quarter of a mile or three and one-third football fields.
2. Newer Tires, Awesome Breaks and Wipers
· Threadbare tires are dangerous. Keep your traction at top performance. Maintain relatively new tires with deep tread. Or, get some all-weather tires. This should help if you hydroplane.
· Get regular brake checks.
· Keep your windshield wiper blades ready for rainy days—before the rain comes.
What to do if you hydroplane?
· Ease off the accelerator and continue driving steadily forward.
· Do not slam on the breaks.
3. Don’t use Cruise Control
Rainy weather demands full attention. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your feet ready for action.
If you hydroplane, cruise control can cause you to lose control. And, if you do hydroplane, the lack of traction may cause the cruise control to accelerate.
4. Drive Smarter
Smart people adjust their strategy around changing conditions. Weather is one of those things. Driving in rain or any inclement weather be careful and pull back:
· Keep your distance. You never know when the person ahead of you will spin out.
· Do not tailgate—especially in limited visibility.
· Slow down. Take corners slower.
· Be patient. Expect extra traffic.
A defensive driving class will help train you for dangerous driving conditions. Techniques and car maintenance keep you smarter on the road, whether driving in rain or any conditions.