The rainy summer season may be over, but that doesn’t mean we won’t still get our fair share of downpours for the rest of the year. (Heads up – it’s supposed to rain on Saturday.) Toyota of Orlando knows that driving in the rain can be tricky, so we want to provide you with tips on how you can approach the situation as safely as possible! It may seem like common sense, but when you start to feel your wheels slide in your new Toyota in Orlando on a slick surface, it may not be easy to diffuse the situation if you’re unaware of what to do. Be proactive! Learn how to drive safely in the rain now, and keep you and your family safe on those wet days!
Slow down your new Orlando Toyota in wet weather conditions!
First of all, turn your headlights on in your new Orlando Toyota. It may seem silly to do so in the daytime, but your headlights will help to make you more visible to other drivers in rainy conditions. They can also help you cut through the gloom to see the road and other vehicles around you! You’ll also want to SLOW DOWN. You may be in a hurry, but you’ll lose even more time if you get into a fender bender! Slow your new Toyota in Central Florida to a comfortable speed and don’t hit your brakes – this can cause skidding in wet conditions, so you’ll want to slow by decelerating instead. Additionally, don’t follow anyone too closely, especially large trucks or semis. The spray from their tires can reduce your visibility in your new Toyota even further.
Don’t drive through large puddles in your new Toyota in Orlando. It may seem fun, but you never know how deep the puddle may be, especially in off-road conditions. You can even damage your new Toyota’s electrical system if the water is deep enough – talk about a costly repair! Try to avoid them so you don’t get stuck or stall out. Also, try to pull over or head home in the case of an especially heavy downpour or thunderstorm. These driving conditions are especially dangerous, and reduce your visibility to almost none. If you feel yourself starting to skid, DON’T slam on the brakes. Brake gently and steer your car lightly in the direction that you want to go – this will help you pull out of it. Remember, a light touch is necessary to avoid losing even more control.
Prepare your car for rainy weather with the Toyota of Orlando car service center!
You can also take steps to proactively prepare your new Toyota in Central Florida for wet weather. If you come in for auto repairs in Orlando at our dealership, we can help you get ready so you’re properly prepared. You’ll want to ensure you have working wiper blades – old wiper blades become brittle and smear water around rather than helping with visibility! You should also ALWAYS make sure your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread on them – our Orlando car service center can help you with this. Tires that don’t have enough tread don’t grip the road as well, which can be incredibly dangerous for your new Toyota when the roads are wet and slippery!
We can even help you make sure your headlights are in the best condition, and set you up with the tools you need to make sure the windshield in your new Toyota doesn’t fog over at an inopportune time. Additionally, Toyota of Orlando’s car service center offers brake services, so you can ensure your brakes in your new Toyota are the best condition possible!
To learn more about driving in the rain or prepare your car ahead of time, visit our Orlando Toyota Service Center today! We’re conveniently located right at the dealership at 3575 Vineland Road, and you can always call to make an appointment at (888) 945-0493! We’ll see you soon – and don’t forget to ask about our car service specials!