Driving Tips

Wet Weather

  • Slow down: As your speed decreases, the tire footprint (the amount of the tire's tread contacting the road surface) increases, providing better traction.
  • Maintain a safe distance: Be prepared for longer stopping distances on wet pavement.
  • Choose tires carefully: Select a tire with tread design and rubber compounds that provide enhanced wet weather driving capabilities.
  • Properly maintain your tires: Check your tires regularly and replace them at the proper time. Also, maintain their proper air pressure.
  • Avoid hydroplaning: If you feel your vehicle starting to hydroplane (riding on the surface of the water), take your foot off the accelerator rather than hitting the brakes. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch and let the vehicle slow down until control is regained.
  • Plan your braking: If you are approaching a curve slow down and brake gently before you start to turn.
  • Turn on your lights: It will help other drivers see you.
  • Check your wipers: Install new wiper blades at least once a year to ensure good vision.

Winter Weather

  • Check your tires: Use a matching set of all-season or snow tires to ensure even traction in slippery conditions, replace worn or damaged tires, and make sure that tire valves are equipped with caps to keep out snow and ice.
  • Be prepared: Always keep the gas tank at least half full, add gasoline antifreeze to every second tank, and make sure that all tires - including spares - are properly inflated.

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