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12/19/2018
It’s a relatively easy task to keep your vehicle under control while driving on dry roads, but it only takes a small amount of water to make it noticeably more difficult to drive safely.

It’s unreasonable to expect all drivers to fully understand how to drive during poor weather conditions, such as when it’s raining, there is ice on the road, or even when visibility is low. However, the reality is that when these conditions strike, each driver needs to be aware of small changes they can make to their driving style to help them stay safe on the road.

How to Driver Safer During Poor Weather Conditions

If you aren’t used to driving during bad weather and are interested in improving your driver safety during these conditions, below are some easy-to-adopt tips from USA Synthetics which can help.

Take It Easy When Applying the Brakes

When you attempt to bring your vehicle to a stop there is a range of factors which determine just how quickly and how controlled your stop will be. The biggest contributing factor is the quality of the road you are driving on. Even if you have ABS (anti-lock braking system) enabled in your vehicle, if you don’t allow enough time then you can still slide into an intersection or into the vehicle in front of you.
  1. In addition to paying attention to the driving style and the brake and indicator lights of the vehicle in front of you, also consider the vehicle in front of the one you are trailing along with the vehicles either side of you. If you can see these vehicles slow down, do the same. Even if the vehicle in front of you isn’t.
  2. If you can see a red light ahead, don’t just slow down slightly in the hope that it will switch to green and you can keep driving. Instead, expect that you will need to come to a complete stop and apply your brakes earlier than usual.

Speaking of Early Action

Whether you are new to the roads or you have driven them a number of times, if there is a turn or a lane change coming up, don’t just indicate at the last possible minute and then execute your maneuver. Instead, if you are changing lanes, give motorists around you a couple of extra seconds to adjust their cruising speed and ensure they maintain a safe distance. The same rule applies when it comes to indicating for an upcoming turn. Click here to buy Signature Series 0W-20 Synthetic Motor Oil and improve your cold morning starts. In addition to this benefit, giving your vehicle a quick synthetic oil change can drastically improve the performance of your engine and reduce engine wear and damage. To learn more, speak with an expert on the topic at USA Synthetics by calling (405) 388-6170.

Don’t Let a Computer Drive Your Car

Cruise control has to be one of the most convenient features of a vehicle. The problem with using cruise control during bad weather is that it often causes drivers to remove their feet from the pedals and rest them to the side, along with getting a little more comfortable in the driver's seat. Once in this position, drivers need to spend an extra second or two to get their feet and body back into an alert position should they need to quickly apply the brakes or accelerate out of a tricky situation. When it comes to driving during bad weather and on slippery roads, instead of taking the easy road (pun intended), resist the urge to use your cruise control and instead maintain control of your vehicle and remain alert at all times.

Drive at a Safe Speed

The majority of collisions on the road during bad weather aren’t necessarily caused by drivers who are speeding, but those who are traveling at a speed inside the posted limit, but greater than the safe driving speed.
  • When you are planning your holiday visits, be sure to allow more time than usual so that you don’t feel rushed and can drive at a slower and safer speed along the journey.
  • If you run into bad weather along the way, instead of trying to maintain your speed or, even worse, make up for any lost time, call ahead to your destination and advise that you will be late. This will prevent you from feeling rushed while driving on slippery roads.

A Synthetic Oil Change in Oklahoma City, Ok Can Help Cold Morning Starts

If your vehicle is struggling to get started in the morning, giving your vehicle a synthetic oil change can help. To learn more about the benefits of performing a synthetic oil change on your vehicle, speak with an expert on the subject by calling USA Synthetics at (405) 388-6170. If you prefer, check out the online store for information about the entire range of high-quality AMSOIL products available to boost the performance of your vehicle and reduce unnecessary engine wear and damage.
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