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How to drive in gloomy fall weather

The fall weather has finally arrived in Vancouver and the lower mainland; with that comes rain, rain, and more rain. The days are shorter, and the daily commute to and from work are most likely going to be in the dark (or at least soon). Due to this change, there is a couple safety tips we wanted to share:

This may seem obvious, but drive the suggested speed limit.

The average driver knows that the suggested speed limit is rarely followed, but there are many reasons why when it is raining that it should be followed. The rain not only makes braking, turning and stopping more challenging due to the reduced friction between your tires and the road. Remember, speed limits are set for ideal driving conditions - rain does not fall in this category, so slow down and stay safe.

Check your vehicles equipment.

You should make sure your vehicle’s headlights, tail lights and wiper blades are working before setting out in any extreme weather. With our oil change service, these basic components are inspected to make sure they are in working order and keeping one safe. This also applies to your tires, they should have the appropriate tread depth allowing for better traction to the road.

Turn your headlights on.

This is a law in any Canadian province, but it goes without saying that the vehicle's headlights aren’t just for the driver to see the road but for others to see you as well. See and be seen should be a rule that all drivers should follow

Leave enough room between yourself and other vehicles, and avoid heavy braking.

This rule goes hand in hand with driving the speed limit. Stopping your vehicle while driving in the rain will be more difficult so be safe a leave a couple car lengths. By taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you normally would, and avoid using cruise control.

Be aware of Hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is one of the most common factors when driving in the rain that can cause accidents. Hydroplaning occurs when there is water on the road, causing one’s vehicle to lose traction and skid across the road. If you car does hydroplane, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction you need to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes or making sudden turns.

Make sure you vehicle is well ventilated.

Rainy days being humidity, which can fog up the interior glass. Turn on your vehicles A/C to dry the incoming cabin air, set the airflow to the dash vents, not defrost which will only make the glass sweat. Make sure the vehicles window’s are clear from any form of fog before making your trip.

If driving in the rain makes you feel uncomfortable, postpone your trip or find an alternative plans. There is no point being on the road, putting yourself and others in danger. Remember to slow down, leave space, and turn your headlights and tail lights on is the simplest ways to stay safe.

- Safe travels from the Excel Autocare team

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