Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Driving Safety Tips

Spring is the perfect time to have Audia Chevrolet inspect your car and to ensure it's up to date with all required maintenance. Below are a few basic tips to get you started for spring driving.

Car Care Tips:
  • April showers bring rain-  Slow down on slick roads, and increase your distance even when mist begins to fall. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions. Tires can hydroplane on a layer of water; losing contact with the road and causing the vehicle to skid.  Slow down during a rain storm. 
  • Replacement of Windshield Wipers- Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipers at least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
  • Avoid large puddles- which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator—do not brake.
  • Share the road- Warm weather brings motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians out on the roads.  More pedestrians have developed bad habits of texting, talking on cellphones, and listening to music, they can be unaware of the traffic around them. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
  • Driving while on medications-  Spring growth often causes seasonal allergies, so keep in mind that over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to cause drowsiness or diminish your driving ability.
  • Hitting Potholes - After-effect of winter weather—can hurt your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down, as the damage can be costly to fix.
  • Proper Tire Care-  Keeping tires inflated can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards.
  • Changing Car's Filter-   The cabin air filter, which removes pollutants before they enter your vehicle, can be essential in minimizing the amount of dust or pollen that enters your vehicle, thus relieving your allergies during travel.

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