Safe driving tips that will help you get home safe and sound. Safety is the biggest concern we have here at Maids by Trade. We advocate for caution on the roads whenever there is inclement weather. We have compiled a list of safe driving tips and we hope you find them useful.
Maids by Trade’s Safe Driving Tips
Engine oil and grease buildup on the roads
The first fifteen minutes of any rainfall is a dangerous time to drive. Roads have on them oil from our cars and during those first fifteen minutes, the oil mixes with the rainwater and gets spread across the roads, making them slick. Once the oil is off the road and down the drains, it’s not as dangerous, but we should still pay attention.
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Be aware of hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is common in the rainy Pacific Northwest. Here’s what to do when it happens to you:
- Remain calm!
- Ease your foot off the gas pedal and brake gently. Braking too hard can cause you to skid.
- Keep the front end of your car pointed in the direction you want to go. If you keep turning the wheels in different directions, you’ll likely lose control of your car when your wheels make contact with the road again.
Before it gets too far into the rainy season, make sure your tires are in good condition. Ensure the tread isn’t worn and your tires have the correct pressure. Get them rotated if needed. Doing these simple things can also help you avoid hydroplaning.
Keep your eyes on the road
Giving the road your full attention is something you ought to do year round. Cell phones, the radio, and even other passengers can be distractions. It is especially important to focus during the rain as your vision is limited and you have less time to react to road hazards.
Your headlights are helpful in dense rain or fog, but using your high beams may actually hinder your vision. If the bright light reflects off the moisture around you, just use your regular lights. Some people take the precaution of applying rain-repellent products to their windshield as that can also increase visibility.
Here are a few more tips to safe driving in the rain:
- Slow down! It takes longer to stop in wet weather.
- Stay towards the middle lanes. Water tends to pool in the outer lanes.
- Drive in the path left from the car in front of you.
- Leave extra space between you and the car ahead of you.
- Avoid using brakes. Instead, let off of the gas pedal.
- Keep the defrost on in your car. Windows fog much easier when cold rain is splashing on the windshield.
- Brake before entering corners to help avoid skidding off the road.
Maids by Trade is concerned for the safety of our clients, our team members, and everyone on the roads. Please share our safe driving tips with your friends and family and be sure to be safe on the wet winter roads!
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