We all know how challenging driving in Ohio can be. To help make sure you’re road-ready, we perform a vehicle inspection each time you bring in your car. We recommend you have your vehicle inspected every spring and summer. In addition, here are some tips to keep you safe on the roads.
Slow down in rain and snow
Slow down on slick roads, and increase your distance even when mist begins to fall. Keep in mind that even a small amount of water can mix with oil and road dust to create slippery conditions. Tires can hydroplane on a layer of water, losing contact with the road and causing the vehicle to skid.
Replace your windshield wipers
Be sure your vehicle is ready for rain by replacing your windshield wipers at least once a year. Don’t drive faster than your wipers can clear water from the windshield.
Keep your tires inflated
Proper tire pressure can reduce damage from potholes, uneven pavement, and other road hazards. When your tires are under-inflated, your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed. Checking your tire pressure once a month is a good practice and can save gas.
There are plenty of potholes around here, which can damage your tires or throw your car’s front end out of alignment. If you can’t avoid a pothole, try to slow down as much as possible.
Avoid large puddles
Avoid large puddles, which can impair your brakes, cloud your vision, or cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid a puddle and find your vehicle hydroplaning, gently ease your foot off of the accelerator — do not brake.
Share the road
Always be on the lookout for motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Be extra cautious around intersections and in residential communities.
Don’t drive impaired
We all know drinking and driving don’t mix, but keep in mind that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can interact with other medications to cause drowsiness and diminish your driving ability.
Change the air filter
The cabin air filter removes pollutants before they enter your vehicle, minimizing the amount of dust or pollen that enters your vehicle, thus relieving your allergies during travel.