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Salem, OR
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Controlling your vehicle when the roads are dry is relatively easy. However, if you add even just a little bit of oil, water or even ice, then this easy task becomes much more difficult.

Not every motorist is accustomed to driving during bad weather and on dangerous roads, which leads to drivers forgetting that small changes to the way they drive should be made to stay safe.

Improve Your Road Safety in Bad Weather

Synthetics Northwest knows just how important it is for drivers to stay safe while traveling through bad weather and has a few simple and easy-to-adapt tips to share which can help you to do just that.

Take It Easy with Your Brakes

Every time that you start to brake, a number of factors come into play which determines how quickly and how controlled your stop is going to be. One of the main factors is the condition of the road underneath you, even if your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
  • If you can see a red light coming up, instead of waiting until the last minutes to see if it will change to green, start applying the brakes earlier with the expectation that you will approach it while it is still red. This will give your tires the extra time they need to start gripping the road and prevent you from sliding into an intersection or the vehicle in front of you.
  • In addition to the vehicle in front of you, pay attention to the behavior of the vehicle in front of it, also. If you can see this vehicle beginning to brake then this is your cue to do the same. Don’t wait for the vehicle in front of you to start, in the event that they aren’t paying attention. The same tip goes for the vehicles around you. If you can see vehicles beside you beginning to slow down then it’s a good idea to follow suit.

Indicate in Advance

On the subject of using other vehicles as guides, remember that the drivers of these vehicles will likely be doing the same, using your vehicle as their own gauge. Driving with this in mind, each time that you want to change lanes, indicate a few seconds earlier and allow fellow motorists a bit more time to slow down to accommodate your maneuver. Similarly, if you know that you will be slowing down to turn a corner, start indicating before you apply the brakes. This will tell vehicleS behind and around you that they can expect your brakes to be applied shortly and, again, adjust their driving speed to allow you more space to complete your turn and prevent collisions. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and give your vehicle a helping hand when it comes to cold morning starts. To learn more about how a synthetic oil change in Salem, OR can help your vehicle and reduce engine wear and damage, speak with an expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184. Alternatively, the online store has more information about each of the high-quality AMSOIL products available.

Include Slower Driving Speeds in Your Itinerary

One of the leading causes of vehicle accidents during bad weather is speed. Not motorists who are traveling above the speed limit, but simply those who don’t reduce their speed while driving to accommodate for slippery roads and lower visibility. Whether this means telling your family and friends who are you visiting that you will be later than expected or leaving earlier to accommodate for the poor driving conditions, do what needs to be done to ensure that you don’t feel like you are rushed along your journey and you can drive at a safe speed.

The Only Driver Should Be a Human

There is no denying that features like cruise control make driving over long distances remarkably easier and more comfortable. However, the problem with these features is that it can cause drivers to feel like the vehicle can drive for them, often resulting in them removing their feet from the pedals and resting them on the side. Doing this means that, in the event you need to quickly apply the brakes or use the gas pedal, there is an extra second needed before you can react, which you return your feet to the pedals. While it may not seem like a lot, when it comes to driving in bad weather and on slippery roads, this extra second can easily be the difference between a near miss and exchanging insurance details.

Is Your Car Struggling with Cold Mornings?

Giving your car a synthetic oil change this season can result in great benefits for your vehicle. In addition to boosting its performance and minimizing engine damage, a synthetic oil change in Salem, OR can also improve your cold morning starts. To find out more or for help getting the best product for the job, speak with a friendly expert at Synthetics Northwest by calling (503) 371-7184 and trust in their knowledge and experience. A synthetic oil change in Salem, OR is not only quick and easy but also something which you can do at home in your garage or driveway.

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