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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Remember when you first got your drivers license? You knew the power that driving gave you. It was a feeling of freedom, the thrill of knowing that so many adventures were now in your hands. Have you lost that? Here are five ways to make driving fun again!
# 1 – Podcasts. A fascinating or funny podcast can turn any mundane drive into a fun outing. The trick is to find podcasts that interest you? Are you a history buff? Do you like murder mysteries? You can find lots of cool podcasts here.
# 2 – Hypermiling. According to the very man who coined the term, hypermilers are people who strive to “to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” Prove those EPA dudes wrong by leaving the air-conditioner off, performing easy and gentle acceleration and braking, avoiding idling and driving slow. Get other tips here!
# 3 – Explore New Music. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. With the advent of great music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music, coupled with smartphone integration like you find with NissanConnect, exploring new music has never been easier!
# 4 – Hit The Road. Nothing can make you feel young again and make driving enjoyable like taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be halfway across the country either! Just make sure the scenery is nice and the destination is worth the drive.
# 5 – Drive A Cool Car. Like the Nissan Versa Note, for instance.