Tips for driving in the rain!

Is your new Toyota in Orlando ready to take on rain?

First things first – you need to make sure that your new Toyota in Orlando is in good enough shape to take on slick roads and rainy weather. Our Toyota Service Center can help you prep your car; here are some of the main elements you should think about before driving in the rain.

  • Make sure your tires are in good condition. Your car should always be riding on tires that are properly inflated and have enough tread to properly grip the road. Have our Orlando Toyota Service techs check them out for you and if you’re in need of new ones, our Parts Department is here to help.

 

  • Also, check your windshield wipers – these are essential to ensure good visibility and subsequent safety in your new Toyota. If the blades are smearing water around rather than sweeping the windshield clear, you need new ones… and our Orlando Toyota Service techs can help you both purchase and install them.

 

  • You also need to ensure that you stay on top of brake service; rainy weather is known to cause accidents, so you want to make sure that your car has all the stopping power it needs in case of an emergency situation. Have your brakes checked and serviced on a regular basis.

 

  • Don’t forget about your headlights – they let other drivers know where you are on the road when visibility gets bad and can also help direct you to safety. Make sure they’re clear and bright before you hit the road.

 

Take extra care when driving in the rain

Now your Orlando Toyota is prepped; what steps should you take when you’re actually out driving in the rain? Here are some of our top driving tips for rainy conditions.

  • Use your headlights, defogger, and windshield wipers – visibility is key when driving in the rain.
  • Be especially careful if it hasn’t rained in a while. This means that oils have built up on the road and conditions will be especially slippery, which can lead to hydroplaning if you’re not wary.
  • SLOW DOWN. If it’s raining and the roads are slippery, moving at a slower pace will definitely work in your favor. It’s even acceptable to go UNDER the speed limit when visibility gets bad – just be sure that your car’s headlights are on so people can see you. If your visibility becomes slim to none, then you can even pull your ride over to the side of the road until the rain lightens up.
  • Make sure you take your turns slowly to avoid the risk of losing control and sliding out. Use your blinkers so other drivers can see where you’re headed.
  • When you brake, be sure to leave plenty of stopping distance and also brake with less force than you usually would in order to avoid skidding or losing control of your car.
  • Also, leave extra distance between you and other vehicles – you never know when they might slam on their brakes, and you want to have plenty of room on the road to avoid an accident.
  • Under no circumstances should you put your Orlando Toyota’s cruise control into use when driving in the rain.
  • Avoid puddles – you never know how deep they are, and you run the risk of causing damage to your vehicle and its electrical system if they’re deeper than anticipated. They’re usually deeper on the sides of the road, so if you’re able, try to steer towards the middle of the street. After you hit a puddle, you should tap your brakes to let the rotors dry off a little bit so you can ensure full stopping power.

 

  • Let’s say the worst happens and you feel your car start to hydroplane. Don’t panic; instead, take your foot off of the gas and try to steer your car in a straight direction until you have control again. Slamming on the brakes or trying to turn will only make matters worse.
  • Most of all, be aware of your surroundings in your Orlando Toyota. Rain causes limited visibility, so be aware of the movements of the cars around you, and keep your eyes open for pedestrians and animals that might be crossing the road.

If you want more tips or want to prep your car for driving in the rain, why not come down to our Toyota Service Center? We’re open seven days a week and we have the longest service hours in Central Florida. Give us a call at (407) 298-0001 today.

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