Bad Weather Ahead | Tires, Car Care

Safe driving in bad weather starts before you get in the car with tire maintenance and other routine car care.

Much of the country’s attention weatherwise has been turned to the tropics and the southernmost part of the U.S. the past week to watch the track of Ericka. In the end, forecasters were predicting massive amounts of rain for Florida and some other coastal areas. You might not think that affects folks in Madison, but it could. First, thunderstorms are predicted towards the end of this week and for Labor Day. And, if you’re traveling, you could end up in a very rainy location.

AAA has issued driving advice to help keep you safe in wet weather. Among their tips:

Avoid cruise control – “This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase. To prevent loss of traction, the driver may need to reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged.”

Slow down and leave room – “To reduce chances of hydroplaning, drivers should slow down, avoid hard braking or turning sharply and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. Also, it’s important for motorists to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them and beginning to slow down to stop for intersections, turns and other traffic early.”

Responding to a skid – “If you feel the car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Don’t panic, and avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.”

There are also things you can do before you get on the road to make it safer to drive in wet weather.

“Safety starts before you drive, and your goal should be to see and be seen,” AAA says.

AAA advises you to replace windshield wipers that leave streaks or don’t clear the glass in one swipe. You should also make sure all your lights – headlights, taillights, turn signals, etc. – are functioning and that your headlights are on whenever you drive. Last, but definitely not least, check your tires for wear and to make sure they’re properly inflated.

Terry’s Car Care is the place to go to have these, and other, systems checked. Terry’s has had the trusted Madison auto mechanics for almost 50 years. Terry’s is also known for its tires. Terry’s carries all brands, sizes and style of tire to suit any driving need. Terry’s also has the technologically advanced Dunlop HP and Kelly Edge. And, if you leave your car with Terry’s, you get a free day’s parking in Madison’s isthmus.

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