Spring weather is warmer, sunnier, and wetter—reasons you may need to change your driving habits. Here is a list of spring driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the road in the coming months, as spring showers can lead to dangerous roadways. From driving habits to maintenance, there are some helpful ideas to remember.
According to AARP, you should be extra careful after it rains. Roads are often covered with a thin layer of oil, and, when combined with rain water, can be incredibly slick. Try to go 10 mph slower while it rains and immediately after to prevent unnecessary accidents. Also, be sure to get new wipers if yours are in poor shape.
Next, you’ll have to share the road with bikes and motorcycles. Warm weather brings more people outdoors, increasing the risk of a collision in many areas. One important tip to remember is that motorcycles and bikes alter your spatial perception because they are smaller than cars; therefore, you’re driving closer than you might think. Be sure to give motorcycles and bikes extra space to ensure safety.
Finally, talk to your doctor before taking allergy medications and driving. Many may cause drowsiness and slow reaction time, making them dangerous to take while behind the wheel. If your allergies are severe enough, it may be a bad idea to drive at all.
These are some of many spring driving tips. Want to get your car in working order for the spring? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to let our experts have a look.
If you still haven’t chosen a New Year’s resolution, then we have the perfect idea for you: Become a better driver. This goal doesn’t involve any significant amount of skill, time, or money. All you have to do is observe your surroundings and follow a few basic rules, making you a safer and more responsible driver.
Here are a few New Year’s driving resolutions to get you started:
- Familiarize yourself with your vehicle; have you actually read your owner’s manual?
- Make a seatbelt rule in your car, not only enforcing it upon yourself but also upon your passengers, no matter what.
- Slow down this year! Not only is it much safer to drive more slowly, but also, it increases your fuel economy.
- Stop driving on empty. As your gasoline level reaches its lowest, your engine has to work harder, with dirtier gasoline, causing damage with time.
- Put together a hand-written maintenance log and keep it in your glove box, keeping track of your oil changes, tire checks, etc.
- Finally, put a stop to drunk driving – and never ever drive while under the influence again.
For more safe driving tips – or to start the year out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle – contact us or visit us anytime at Pantili Mitsubishi.
Whether you are driving your kids to school or are a student yourself – trying to make it to class on time – there are certain hazards that only present themselves during the school year. This year, follow these school driving safety tips:
- Always obey the stop signs on school buses, which is the law. Try to even give buses extra space if possible.
- Pay attention to the reduced speed limits in school zones, which are there for good reason.
- Keep your eyes peeled for children waiting for the bus or walking to school, and familiarize yourself with bus stops in your area.
- If you are driving kids to school, try not to let them distract you too much when you are driving in the school zone.
- And if you are driving yourself to school, remember that if you are running late, being on-time is not worth a speeding ticket – or worse, a collision.
For more tips or to start the school year out with a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Pantili Mitsubishi.