How to Drive in the Rain

Drive in the Rain

Taking to the road in the rain can be dangerous to say the least. Over a million car accidents a year list wet pavement as a major contributing factor. That’s a huge number, but as it turns out, reducing the chance of an accident is quite simple. Here are a few tips on how to drive in the rain from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.

  1. Cruise Control – While cruise control is a great convenience technology for dry pavement, it’s quite the opposite on wet pavement. When cruise control is active, the driver can’t remove their foot from the accelerator to slow down immediately. To deactivate the system, the driver has to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control on wet pavement.
  2. Leave Room – Keep twice the amount of distance you regularly would between cars. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement. Additionally, slowing down and watching your speed will help improve traction. As a result, you’ll have more control over the vehicle.
  3. Skids – Even the best drivers experience skidding and, fortunately, it’s easy to maneuver out of as long as you stay calm. First, steer in the direction you want to go. Second, don’t hit the brakes or you risk losing control of the vehicle altogether. Keep your eyes on the road and you should be good to go!

What to Do When Your Car Won’t Start

Car Won't Start

It can be frustrating when your car won’t start, but knowing some possible reasons for it can make it much easier for you. Plus, solving the problem yourself, if it’s a simple fix and you feel equipped, can save you from spending money on repairs.

There are a lot of reasons a car might not start, but the most common problem is that your battery has died because a light was left on. In that case, your best bet is to find a friend or another nice person with jumper cables to give your car a jump start. You can tell when your battery has died, if the battery clicks and won’t start.

If the car doesn’t make any noise when you turn the key, there may be a problem with your battery terminal cable connections. If you can start the car by forcing a screwdriver between them and forcibly separating them, the cables need replaced.

If you can hear it turn over, but it won’t start, it could be a problem with the spark plugs or the fuel supply to the engine. There might also be a problem with the carburetor, in which case you’ll need to see a professional.

Steer Clear of Hydroplaning

hydroplaning

Driving in the rain can be stressful for many drivers. Rain can cause decreased visibility and control while out on the road. Loss of control can happen when a car hydroplanes and it can be very dangerous for drivers. Knowing when hydroplaning can occur and how to avoid it can help you build confidence while driving in poor conditions.

Hydroplaning occurs when your car loses traction with the road, due to a wet surface. The result of this loss of traction is decreased steering, braking and overall control of your vehicle. However, knowing the right things to do can save yourself and others from an accident.

1)      Make sure your tires are properly maintained: This includes checking the tire pressure, inflation and traction.

2)      Slow down: high speeds can cause drivers to lose control more easily. Slowing down can increase tire traction. In addition, hard braking can cause you to lose control.

3)      Avoid standing water: water can accumulate in outer lanes, so drive towards the inside lanes to avoid this danger.

4)      Follow the car in front of you: You should try to stick to the tire tracks ahead of you. The driver has already pushed much of the water out of the way.

Although these are intended to help avoid hydroplaning, it can still happen. If you do begin to hydroplane, make sure you stay calm. Do not hit your breaks or attempt to overturn your steering wheel. Ease off the accelerator and aim towards an open spot on the road. We hope that these tips will help you remain confident and calm while driving in the rain.

Garage Decluttered: Organization Tips and Tricks

Organizing Tips: Get Your Garage DeclutteredIt’s that time of year again when people start thinking about spring cleaning projects. And if you’re like a lot of other people, your garage is probably one of the places in your house that could stand to benefit most from some cleaning and re-organizing. Getting your garage decluttered may seem like mission impossible right now, but read over some of our helpful hints below, and you may just feel a little bit better about the project.

  1. First, of all you have to find time in your busy schedule to get this project started. Ideally, picking a weekend is the perfect solution so that you have several uninterrupted days to get things done. Plan for a dry weekend, preferably.
  2. Create a task force. Get family, friends, and/or neighbors to help. Two (or more) heads are better than one, and having extra sets of helping hands will make the project take less time, and it will make all of the organizing much more enjoyable.
  3. Never underestimate the power of lists. Make a list of all the things in your garage that need to find suitable homes. Knowing what you need to store will make it easier to envision how to store it.
  4. Get to grouping. Group like items together. Make piles of things like automotive accessories, gardening supplies, tools, seasonal decor, etc. Once you see how much of each group you need to be able to store, you’ll have a better idea of the sizes of storage bins, shelving, etc. that you need.
  5. Don’t be afraid to part with items that you no longer need or want. To get your garage decluttered, you have to be willing to get rid of some things. Donate, donate, donate.
  6. Decide how you want your garage to look and feel. Pick a layout that helps the space be functional and helpful for your everyday needs. Store things that you only use once or twice a year differently than you would store things that are used daily or multiple times a week.
  7. Invest in strong/sturdy shelving. There are plenty of options that can be professionally installed, or some that you can simply build yourself. Find what works best for your storage needs and budget constraints.
  8. The finishing touches include actually cleaning the garage once all the items are out and grouped, and then of course, putting everything back in their new homes.
  9. Remember, keeping on top of things will make the task much easier in the future. Set a reminder on your phone or mark it on your calendar to make garage organization a priority. Two to four times a year should be plenty to keep your garage decluttered.

If you have any organization tips that work well for you and your family, feel free to share them with us!