Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain - Gladewater, TX

Here in Texas, springtime tends to come with rain. While it might seem normal and commonplace, it’s important to remember that you should try to adjust your driving habits while it’s raining, as wet roads can be far more dangerous than dry ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you are driving safely while it’s raining.

Slow down

When roads are wet, they get slippery. This means it will take you longer to come to a complete stop. If the roads are wet, you should slow down and make sure that you begin braking sooner than normal so you don’t slide into another vehicle by mistake.

Turn on your headlights

Here in Texas, the law requires that you turn on your headlamps whenever visibility is less than 1,000 feet. Since you can’t measure this while driving, it is safe to turn them on whenever it starts raining. This will make it easier for other drivers to see you, and will help you see upcoming obstacles.

Check your tires

You should do this before you begin driving. Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth, which is what gives them traction and is particularly important when it is raining. Additionally, make sure your tires are inflated to the correct level – which you can find in your owner’s manual – to prevent a rupture, blowout, or poor grip on the road.

Check your windshield wipers

If you find your windshield wipers are smearing water across the glass rather than sweeping it off, it’s probably time for a new set. Your wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months. You can also try applying a water-repelling spray to help your windows stay clearer.

For some more expert tips on how to drive safely in the rain – or to schedule maintenance – pay us a visit at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.

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The Penny Test – How To Tell When You Need New Tires

Penny Test For Tires - Gladewater, TX

Your tires are a critical component of your car, which is why it is so important to take care of them and replace them when they wear down. One of the simplest ways to tell when you need new tires is by checking the tread depth. The penny test is an easy way to do that.

All you need to do is take a penny and stick into the tread grooves on your tire with President Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head, your tread is worn to an unsafe level, and you need new tires. If Lincoln’s head is covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread remaining, and your tires are probably still safe. Keep in mind, however, that if they are running close to the cut-off, you should consider scheduling a service appointment to avoid an accident.

To help your tires last longer, you need to get regular tire rotations. This should happen every six months or at 6,000 to 8,000-mile intervals. Tire rotations help your tires wear evenly rather than in a lopsided way.

Another important part of preventative maintenance is routine wheel alignments. If one tire is wearing down a lot faster than the others, it could mean that one wheel is out of alignment. You will want to get this taken care of before it completely ruins your tires. If you know it’s time for a new set of tires or want an expert opinion, consider setting up an appointment with the service experts here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.

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