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Now that we have officially entered spring, you will find yourself driving in the rain rather than the snow. While you may think that the driving strategies are mostly the same, you’ll still find yourself in precarious circumstances you won’t find in other weather. #FormulaHonda wants to help you drive safer with the following tips.

 

  1. Slow down in the rain

This may sound obvious, but you will find some drivers ignoring this simple tactic. Driving slower during the rain is important because visibility is reduced.  Stopping, braking and turning in wet conditions requires more distance due to the reduced friction between your tires and the road.

 

  1. Wipers on, lights on

A common rule of thumb is if your wipers are on, then your headlights must be on too. While no Canadian province has this as a law, it is still important to turn on your lights. This allows other drivers to see your vehicle in torrential downpour, especially from the side and rear.

 

  1. Check your windshield wipers

Here’s a thought. When is the last time you replaced your windshield wipers? In Canada, the extremes of heat and cold tend to wear out your wiper blades much faster than you would think. They typically start to show wear in about a year. “But that’s expensive!” you say.  Well how about this? Consider replacing only the rubber strip. This is called the “wiper refill” and it costs less than $10. You can make it a habit to replace them when you take your winter tires off for the year. With this habit, you’ll replace the rubber that has been damaged by tears and kinks from a rough winter.

 

  1. Mastering the art

When it is raining, you should master the art of patience. Allow for more room between yourself and other vehicles, follow tracks of the vehicle in front where water has been pushed away and overtake large vehicles so that you aren’t stuck in their spray. On roads where heavy traffic sags the pavement, keep the left tires closer to the road’s crown so that you won’t hit standing water and hydroplane, which brings us to…

 

  1. Don’t panic when hydroplaning

Yes, hydroplaning is scary, but you do not want to panic in the moment. Instead, find exactly where you want to go, ease off the gas so weight transfers to your front wheels, softly apply brakes and steer towards a spot with less water on the road.

 

  1. Check your tires and make sure they are inflated

Obviously, the better the tread on your tires, the better the grip you’ll have on the road. Make sure your tread isn’t too worn down. It’s also important to check for inflation as well, as tires generally lose a pound of pressure a month.

 

  1. Dry your brakes

How in the world is that possible? Thankfully, your car does most of that for you through touching the pads to the rotors to scrub water and adding heat to the rotor to remove water. But you can also do this manually by gently touching the brakes after going through a wet area.

 

  1. Keep your interior dry

With rain comes humidity, and the hot air flows inside your vehicle which ends up fogging the inside glass. You can combat this by turning on your air conditioning to dry the hot air that has fogged your window. Also setting the airflow to the dash vents, not defrost, makes the windshield cool off and sweat if it has fogged up in the humidity.

 

  1. Avoid standing water and puddles

We’ve all found ourselves plowing through standing water and puddles, but you should generally avoid it. Water can splash up into the engine bay and screw up sensitive electronics. It can also cause the steering wheel to pull forcefully to one side, possibly leading to an accident. If you think you might be able to get through deep water, it is best to avoid it. Otherwise you run the risk of getting water in the interior. If water gets inside your vehicle it can create mold and stink your vehicle up forever.

 

  1. Utilizing technology wisely

Modern vehicles come with many functions that assist you while driving, but it’s important to note that they do not adapt to rainy weather. It is important to understand how your vehicle functions so that you will be prepared in a situation such as hydroplaning. The best functions are ABS systems, traction control and stability control in the rain.

 

We hope that these tips will help you out for the upcoming Spring and rain driving season! If you need any service to prepare you for Spring driving, you can trust the certified technicians at Formula Honda to get your vehicle ready for you. Be sure to visit our Toronto Honda dealership to browse our selection of Honda vehicles and Honda service parts. For more information, visit our website at www.formulahonda.com.