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01/11/2018
There are times when the weather becomes so bad that you just stay indoors. While this may work on some occasions, there will be plenty of others where you just need to get to where you're going. If you are one of those drivers then you should know that you aren't alone. There are plenty of motorists just like you who prefer to wait out a storm or a downpour of heavy rain. However, when the time comes and you do need to drive in these conditions, it's important that you know how to stay safe.

Stay Safe on the Road During Bad Weather

Below are some basic vehicle maintenance and driving tips from Progressive Products which can help you to stay safe on the road when the weather is bad and visibility is low.

How Well Do You Know the Road?

No, not the roads as in your neighborhood. We mean the condition of the road that your tires stop on each time that you reach a red light or have to yield to traffic. The truth is that unless you get out and inspect the road you don’t know what condition it is in. When the sun is shining and the road is dry it’s a fair bet that your tires will grip, but when it’s raining and there are oil and debris on the road which you can’t see, it can cause trouble. This is especially true if your tires aren't in the best condition. For this reason, just take it a little lighter with your gas pedal each time that you leave a standing start. Just a few seconds slower can be the difference between entering traffic safely and having to quickly navigate out of a tricky situation.

Speaking of Speed

Here is a frequent scenario:
  • A motorists is told they need to reduce their speed.
  • They do this by 20 miles per hour for one minute.
  • Then each driver immediately resumes their regular speed which is potentially over the limit!
Instead of trying to prove a point, be a safe driver! Shaving just a few miles per hour off your cruising speed, especially through densely populated areas, can be the difference between exchanging insurance information and a safe stop. Click here to buy AMSOIL Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and give your engine what it needs to perform at its best and last longer. To find out more, speak with an expert at Progressive Products by calling (425) 483-2582 or check out the online store.

Keep Your Distance

Each time that you apply pressure to your brakes in an effort to bring your vehicle to a stop there are a range of factors at play which determine whether or not you will stop safely or whether you will have to exchange insurance details. These can range from the tread on your tires, the temperature of the road, right through to the amount of rain falling at the time. While there isn’t much that you can do to stop the rain (imagine if you could!), the simple act of applying the brakes a second or two earlier than you usually would makes a world of difference when it comes to safely braking.

Watch Who Is Around You

Being a defensive driver is a great attribute to have, however, when it comes time to drive in poor weather conditions, then you may have to be even more vigilant as you drive. This isn't because motorists around you are bad drivers but simply because there is no way that you can know how a fellow driver will react in the event of a situation on the road. For this reason, when the weather is particularly bad, be a little more skeptical of other drivers around you and make way if you can. For example, if you see a vehicle and you aren’t sure that the driver is comfortable on the road, consider slowing down more than you have to allow them extra space to merge.

Can People See You?

There are often times when the rain is coming down so hard or the fog is so thick that the only way to know what is in front of you is to use the lights of the cars. As beneficial as it is to you, other motorists can’t share the same benefit if your lights aren’t working. As you sit in your car and prepare to leave your garage, simply press your brake pedal and flick on your indicators while you look through your rear-view mirror to make sure your safety and indication lights are working as they should and that you will be as visible as possible on the road.

Keep Your Car in Good Health and Ready to Take on Bad Weather with a Synthetic Oil Change in Lynnwood, WA

The best place to start when it comes to keeping your engine in good health is a simple synthetic oil change in Lynnwood, WA. Speak with Progressive Products today by calling (425) 483-2582 to learn more about how a synthetic oil change in Lynnwood, WA can boost the performance of your engine and help to extend its lifespan.
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