With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
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There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
Ford invited real-world truck customers to test the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty so that they could see with their own eyes just how well it fares in tough situations.
The 2017 Ford Super Duty is about 350 pounds lighter than the previous model thanks to extensive use of aluminum in parts of the body. This kind of major weight-saving allowed Ford to beef up the brakes, hitch, suspension, and axles. In addition, the all-new frame is now made of 95% high-strength steel and is 24 times stiffer than the previous one.
During the hands-on demonstration, truck customers were able to lift the door of the old and new trucks to compare them, check the frame stiffness, look at the axles, and take out the new Ford Super Duty on a towing test at Ford’s proving ground. Spoiler: they’re all very impressed.
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