Here at Openbay, we regularly dispense driving advice, and because our office is based in beautiful Cambridge, MA, a good deal of it has been related to driving in the snow. Yet at this time of year, lots of young drivers are hitting the roads, bound for college or high school, and this may be the first time they’re encountering another mother of driving dangers: fall!
Fall in New England brings beautiful, cool temperatures and stunning foliage, but when those leaves drop off the trees, and wind up on often-wet roadways, that’s a slippery combination. Here are a few fall driving tips to stay cool behind the wheel on slippery roads:
Turn on Your Headlights
If you don’t already have daytime running lamps (they’re also one way to save on your insurance premium)
Remain Focused. Cut Distractions.
Keep passengers to a minimum. The “passenger effect” is a real danger. Here’s why. Put your phone in the trunk; avoid the temptation. If it must be in the driver compartment, turn it to “silent” and put it in your vehicle’s center console or door pocket. Ask others to turn down their phones if you find the “dings” distracting.
If you must drive through, or partially through a puddle, slow down before you get there. Puddles could easily cause your vehicle to hydroplane, meaning it will skim over the surface of the water, and you’ll lose all control. If there’s a tree, guardrail or pedestrian on the other side of that water when you’ve lost control, the results could be disastrous.
Know how to handle a skid.
If you’re skidding, turn the wheel where you want to go, otherwise known as “turning into” the skid.
The faster you’re going, the less control you’ll have. We would have made this item #1, because it’s such an important one, but we hope this is obvious advice. A road covered with wet leaves and rain is no time to rush, or test your high-speed skills.
Don’t Drive on Worn Tires.
Just as slippery old shoes could cause you to fall down, worn old tires will lose their grip from the road. Tires are among the most important safety items in your car, by maintaining grip, allowing your vehicle effectively stop and steer clear of obstacles. Don’t neglect them if you want to be able to respond to potential hazards. A good set of tires will keep you, your family other road-goers and pedestrians safe.Not sure what to look for when buying new tires? We can help!
Don’t Drive with Poor Wiper Blades.
If you can’t see while you’re driving a two-ton vehicle, that is no good. You can easily replace your own wiper blades, or take them to a shop if you aren’t up to it.
When it’s time for new tires, or any kind of auto repair and maintenance, check out Openbay. Compare, book and pay for auto repair near you. Drive safely!