Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain

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.

For more driving safety tips, give us a call today at Highview Motors GMC!

Five Ways to Celebrate Spring

Spring officially begins on March 20th. The first day of spring is called the Vernal Equinox and happens when there is an even divide between daylight and dark hours. If you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and celebrate spring, here are five fun things to do.

  1. Visit D.C. Every spring, the cherry blossoms along the Potomac River bloom in glorious shades of pink and white. Due to a warm February, peak bloom is expected to arrive sometime between March 14th and 19th.
  2. Travel to Mexico. If you happen to visit Chichen Itza and the ancient Mayan pyramid, El Castillo on the Equinox, you can watch the Return of the Sun Serpent, which is a shadow that travels down the steps of the pyramid to form the shape of a snake.
  3. Learn about the Easter bunny. Read more about the origins of the Easter bunny and how one theory believes it stems from the pagan festival of Eostre.
  4. Have a reunion. In Japan, spring is a time for family reunions. Plan a get-together for your family and dye Easter eggs or head outside to enjoy the beautiful weather.
  5. Do some gardening. Nothing says spring quite like beautiful flowers blooming. Add some new flowers or trees to your surroundings.

Here at Highview Motors, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy Spring.

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Teen Driving Tips

teen driving tips

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!