Tips for Driving in Rain and Strong Winds

Driving in rain and strong winds can be scary, especially if you drive a small, lightweight car that tends to get knocked around. Here are some tips for staying safe in rainy and windy weather.

When it’s just windy, without rain, the biggest problem you’ll have is big gusts of wind. You just need to keep both hands firmly on the wheel at all times and anticipate the gusts. As soon as you feel the car moving in a direction you didn’t steer it, pull it back to the middle of the lane. You should also keep an eye out for long vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs, since they have less control in the wind.

When you’re driving in rain, the most important thing to do is slow down. The slower you’re going, the less likely you are to skid or hydroplane. Driving slower also makes it easier to stop suddenly. You should also leave more room between yourself and vehicles in front of you so that if you do need to stop suddenly, you run a lower risk of running into them.

Always turn your headlights on when it’s raining. Low visibility increases the risk of a crash and lights not only help you see, they help other drivers see you.

For more tips on driving in the rain or anything else that’s auto-related, give us a call at Brighton Honda.

Tips for De-Icing Your Windshield

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Make sure you follow these tips on De-Icing Your Windshield

It won’t be long before freezing temperatures, sleet, ice and snow make their way. While clearing the windshield ranks very low on our list of ‘favorite things to do,’ there are certain methods that can make the process easier. Here are our tips for de-icing your windshield.

  1. Turn on the defroster. First thing’s first. Start your car and get the defroster running (on high heat). As your car warms up, the heat blown onto your windshield will help melt the ice and snow more quickly.
  2. Scrape the windshield. While the defroster is running, use your ice scraper and brush to remove as much of the snow and ice as possible.
  3. Use de-icer. If you find that a stubborn layer of ice just won’t completely clear, use a de-icing spray on the windshield. The more you use, the less time you’ll have to wait for the solution to melt the ice.
  4. Water works, too. If you don’t have de-icer, you can use lukewarm water to clear ice (never use hot water, as it can crack the cold glass). Make sure to immediately clear the water and residual slush from the windshield to ensure it doesn’t just freeze again, especially in extreme cold.

For more ice-removal tips, visit wikihow.com.

Here at Brighton Honda, we wish you a safe winter driving season. If you need help to get your car winter-ready give us a call today!