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The rain can often become so heavy that visibility gets too low for many motorists to feel comfortable driving. This article has tips to help you stay safe when you have to drive in these conditions. If you don't enjoy driving in the rain then don't worry, you aren't alone. In fact, the majority of motorist wouldn't say that they actually enjoy driving in the rain. However, the rain shouldn't prevent you from getting to where you need to be.

Tips to Help You Stay Safe on the Road

Below are some easy to follow tips from Synthetics Northwest on how to adjust your driving style and how to prepare your car for the task.

Slow down Your Starts

When the sun is shining and the roads are dry, it is second nature to just put your photo on the gas pedal and expect your vehicle to grip the road and surge forward. Unfortunately, drivers can tend to take this mindset into instances of bad weather, especially when they can see the road and believe it’s clear. When it’s raining, hailing, or even snowing, you can’t know what condition the road is in each time that you stop. While it may look secure, a small bit of oil can cause your tires to slip and danger to ensue. It doesn’t mean that you have to take off each time as if you were pushing your car but it doesn't mean to be conscious that the road may not be how it looks.

Now the Tip About Slowing Down

Speaking of slowing down your acceleration, it’s also a good idea to slow down your overall driving speed. Similar to the tip above, this doesn’t mean that you need to take this tip to an extreme and cut your driving speed in half for a minute before becoming frustrated and speeding again. Instead, it simply means to shave off a few miles per hour as you drive around congested areas and neighborhoods. Even a few miles per hour slower can be the difference between coming to a safe stop and exchanging insurance information. Click here to buy AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil, an engine oil which has been designed to help your engine perform at its optimal and extend its lifespan. Speak with an expert today at Synthetics Northwest to find out more or place an order by calling (503) 371-7184. Alternatively, the online store has expanded information on the range of products available to help you find the right product for your next synthetic oil change.

Extend Your Distance

There are a number of factors which determine whether or not your vehicle will come to a complete stop in time or whether you will collide with the ca in front of you and each of them is affected by weather. Whether it’s the temperature of your tires, the condition of the road, the amount of water falling at the time, all of it decides whether or not you will stop. And while there isn’t much that you can do to change the condition of the road or stop the rain from falling, you can better your chances of stopping safely by simply keeping a great distance when driving behind a car. No, this doesn’t mean that you have to keep an entire pool length between you, but a few extra feet can make all the difference if you are even in the position where you need to brake suddenly.

How Are Your Tires?

Of course, weather depending, much of the determination comes from the condition of your tires. After all, if you hit your brakes when the bald spot on your tire connects with the road then you aren’t going to stop very quickly. A visual inspection every week or two during the cold season is all that’s needed to keep your tires in check. When you are inspecting, pay attention to the following:
  • Any cracks in your tires
  • And bald spots on your tires (areas without tread)
  • Debris stuck in your tire or the tread
If you can see any of the above or any other problems with your tire, be sure to swap it for the spare and make your way to your local mechanic to have it looked at before driving on it any further.

Can Other Drivers See You?

More than ever, during bad weather, is when other motorists need to see you as much as possible and be aware of your driving intentions, such as turning corers, changing lanes, or braking. And when it comes to fierce storms and times of low-visibility, the best way for them to do this is to pay attention to the signal lights on your car. And if yours aren’t working then there’s a chance that other motorists won’t even know that you are there! Checking your brakes and your indicator lights is as easy as pressing your brake pedal in the garage or flicking on our indicators at night to see if they are working correctly. If you have a doubt, simply ask somebody to ask behind you to make sure everything is working as it should.

A Synthetic Oil Change in Salem, or Can Improve the Performance of Your Engine

Of all the items of vehicle maintenance, you can perform in your own driveway, a synthetic oil change has the most impact. Speak with an expert at Synthetics Northwest today by calling (503) 371-7184 to find the right engine oil for your synthetic oil change and experience the benefits for yourself.

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