Driving in the rain can be scary, thanks to reduced visibility, slick roads, and other drivers who are just as freaked out as you are. Here are some easy tips to remember to reduce your stress when driving in the rain and help keep you safe along the way.
The most obvious thing you can do to stay safer in the rain is also the one most often ignored. You should always slow down, at least a few miles an hour, when the roads are wet. This will help you put more distance between your car and the cars in front of you, give you more stopping time, and make you less likely to hydroplane or skid.
Never use cruise control when you’re driving in the rain. You need to easily control your speed, whether that’s slowing down quickly or getting back in control while hydroplaning. In general, keep hydroplaning in mind and know how to stop it.
Strong winds may also accompany rain and make driving even more dangerous. Watch out for big vehicles like semi-trucks, which are more likely to get blow around in the wind, and keep both hands firmly on the wheel so you don’t get knocked out of your lane by a big gust of wind.
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The 2017 GMC Terrain brings unprecedented luxury at an affordable price, making it perfect for a summer getaway. There are more summer advantages to the new GMC Terrain than sheer affordability, though. We here at Highview Motors GMC have a few more reasons the 2017 Terrain is the go-to summer SUV for drivers of all ages.
The 2017 GMC Terrain boasts a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a healthy 182 horsepower. Performance is just one part of what makes for a perfect summer SUV, though. The new Terrain also earns up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.*
Handling & Ride
Weighing in at less than 3,800 pounds, the 2017 Terrain brings nimble handling and a smooth ride to the road. Noise-cancelling technologies create a quiet cabin while premium materials offer standard sophistication. The responsive powertrain delivers immediate performance as well. On top of that, the Terrain SUV’s conservative size makes it easy to navigate tight city streets and other urban areas.
The new GMC Terrain offers premium luxury that goes hand-in-hand with impressive capability. The small SUV boasts a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds when properly equipped, making it a tough competitor to top. Bring a trailer full of necessary belongings or tack on sports equipment, like bicycles, to make your summer trip more enjoyable.
*Use for comparison only. EPA-estimated MPG. Actual mileage may vary.
Some weeks it feels like you have to fill up the gas tank every day. While many cars are made more efficient than ever these days, it’s possible that you can be doing more to improve your fuel economy. Follow these tips from Highview Motors to make the most of each gallon.
Check Your Tires
In order to perform optimally, tires need to be inflated to their recommended PSI. If they’re low on air, they’re probably using more gas than they need. Check your tire pressure regularly.
When you idle, your car is getting zero mpg, which is pretty crummy fuel efficiency. If you’re going to be still for more than 30 seconds, turn off your car to save gas.
The ideal speed for the best fuel economy is 55 mph. If you’re in no hurry, and the speed limit will accommodate it, force yourself to let off the gas a little and cruise at this speed. Use cruise control to keep yourself in check, and you’ll get the best gas mileage on the highway.
Go Easy on the AC
Air conditioning uses up a lot of gas, so if you can suffer through a warm drive, do it. However, if you simply must be cooled down, AC is actually more efficient on the highway compared to windows down, which creates too much drag and decreases a car’s aerodynamics.
New Year’s resolutions are an American tradition. That’s why we’ve put together a list of driving-related resolutions to keep in mind, addressing everything from texting to speeding. Becoming a safer driver should be a goal for any individual, whether you’ve been at or for years or if you’re a beginner. Read on to learn more about New Year’s driving resolutions.
According to Consumer Reports, the most important goal for every driver is to never drink and drive. Nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities are caused by an alcohol-related incident. Drinking can not only make you tired, but also limit brain activity and response time. Get a designated driver or have some other plan if you are drinking.
Next, avoid speeding. Speed limits are set to keep drivers safe on the road, and they can also help improve fuel economy. By speeding you are not only wasting gas, but you also significantly increase the risk involved should you get in an accident.
Finally, don’t text and driving. There are several systems available to help you stay connected behind the wheel, including voice recognition software, among other things. Otherwise, turn off your phone and put it in the glove compartment. In an emergency, you can still make a call by pulling over. These are just some New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind this year.
Are you a young driver or do you have a teen driver at home? If so, here are some teen driving tips to help you accomplish just that!
Heading out on the open road from the get-go is likely going to overwhelm any young driver. Not only it that dangerous, but it any kind of scare can rob the student of his or her enthusiasm to learn how to drive.
Instead, find a large, decently paved parking lot and practice extremely basic skills. Your initial goal should just be to get comfortable behind the wheel. Practice putting on the seat belt every time. Get a feel for how the accelerator translates into propulsion and how touchy brakes can be.
Another key aspect to learning how to drive is to learn how to be part of flow of traffic. Once you get out on the road, things like maintaining proper distance, knowing how to merge seamlessly, knowing who has the right-of-way at all times are essential skills to consistently having a successful and stress-free driving experience.
According to journalist Malcolm Gladwell, you need about 10,000 hours of correct practice to be great at something. While getting the hours in on your permit might seem impossible, the lesson is that teen drivers need to practice a lot.
If you’re looking for a great starter car for your teen, come see us at Highview Motors and we’ll help you out!