The sunshine state does experience poor weather occasionally, and while we may not expect blizzards to roll through Hollywood, fierce rainstorms, heavy winds, and even fog can make driving a dangerous proposition. In order to avoid a call to your collision repair service, there are a few smart tips that can help you drive safely in bad weather.
- Slow down. When it rains, the sky darkens and visibility decreases. Dark cars become harder to see, and in heavy rains even lighter cars can become invisible. Turn on your headlights while driving in the rain, and take extra care to always check your mirrors and keep an appropriate following distance from the vehicle in front of you. Stay in the inside lane, which tends to accumulate less water than the road shoulders.
- Avoid flooded roads. In nearly every heavy rainstorm, a washed out road will claim at least one motorist. Never attempt to ford running water, even in an SUV. It is very easy to misjudge the depth of a puddle.
- Consider bad-weather upgrades. Over time, windshield wiper blades wear, especially under excessive sun. When the rainy season does hit, you can experience numerous streaks across the glass that make it very difficult to see. Choose a quality brand of wiper blades recommended by your auto body repair shop, as these are designed to work in heavy rain and get you to your destination safely. Anti-fogging coatings can be used on your windshield to ensure that you continue to have the best visibility in poor weather and cold conditions.
- Check your forecasts. It pays to be prepared. If you suspect you might run into heavy weather during the day and you have a long commute like most Californians, stay on top your weather forecast and prepare accordingly in case you do run into inclement weather.
- Pull over. If the weather is simply too dangerous for driving, the best thing you can do is pull off the road and wait it out.
Schiro’s Collision Repairs can help you in the event of a collision caused by bad weather. Our auto body repair services can take care of your car or truck and get you driving once more. Call us at (866) 454-8830 or visit us on the web for more information.