Driving in the rain is pretty much inevitable, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t practice precaution. That’s why Toyota of North Charlotte has four safe driving tips for rainy days!
Drive safely when it rains by NOT doing this:
- Toward the sides of the road
While this option is not always possible (i.e. you’re driving in one-lane backroads), if you can, take the middle lane. Most roads are built with their highest elevation in the center. Naturally, roads drain to the sides, increasing the possibility of standing water near the corner lanes.
- With the headlights off (or high)
Sometimes we forget that headlights aren’t just for our own safety, but for the safety of our fellow drivers. These lights help us see other vehicles when it’s pouring down! This one sounds like a no-brainer, but all too often you find yourself driving in rainy weather and the driver ahead refuses to turn on his or her headlights.
Turn them on when driving near Charlotte! But be weary of the high-beam lights as they might make it more difficult to see.
- Through a small body of water
Along the same lines of our previous advice, our second tip for driving safely in the rain near Charlotte is: do not drive through flooded areas. There are many potentially damaging things water can do to your vehicle, such as:
- Electrical system damage – Some vehicles have electrical systems installed in the floorboards under the seats. Getting any of these wet can cause all sorts of electric issues.
- Faulty braking – If your rotors are hot, water can warp your breaks, or worse. If it travels to your brake lining, it could cause your brakes to fail – and it might not be immediately noticeable.
- Engine failure – If water gets into your intake system, it could eventually reach your cylinders and inevitably ruin your engine.
Not to mention your car could stall in the middle of said rain lake and you could be stranded there. If you have no choice but to drive through standing water, we have N Charlotte Toyota driving safety tips for navigating these rain-induced lakes:
- Slow down before reaching the standing water.
- Watch other vehicles and judge for depth and other potential hazards.
- Keep a slow, steady pace to avoid stalling for going too slow or losing control for going too fast.
- Like you’re a NASCAR driver
Hey, we’ve all been there. It starts to rain and you just want to get home. But speeding in the rain is dangerous! If you haven’t heard of or have never had the misfortune to experience hydroplaning, it’s basically when your vehicle thinks it’s a boat on the road.
Normally, car tires can cut through the rain. But when you’re driving at high speeds, your tires tread over water and you lose control of your vehicle. Don’t speed – it’s better to get home late and avoid an accident.
Toyota of North Charlotte preps you for rain with auto service!
Stop by our N Charlotte Toyota Service Center to get your tires, windshield wipers, brakes, and headlights checked to make sure your car is ready for rainy weather. We’re located at 13429 Statesville Road!