Summer in Central Florida means plenty of sunshine (and just as much, if not more, humidity), but unfortunately it also means afternoon thunderstorms nearly every day. It’s par for the course here in Florida and there’s not much we can do to change the weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to let it ruin your commute home. Our Orlando Toyota dealership has driving safety tips to help make your commute that much smoother when the weather is bad and it’s time to head home!
Be proactive about prepping your Orlando Toyota for the rain
The first thing to do is proactively prep your car with Orlando Toyota service! This means having our techs check your car’s tires, brakes, and windshield wipers. All of those elements are key to a safe commute home even if it’s sunny out, but especially if it’s raining. You want all the traction, stopping power, and visibility you can get when the skies open up on your Orlando Toyota!
Next, plot out your commute every day. Even if you’re busy at the office until the moment you leave, you can still use your Orlando Toyota technology OR your smart phone to check the weather before you leave the parking lot. If bad weather is headed your way, you might want to consider delaying your commute for a while until it passes. Go run an errand, log in an extra hour at the office, or treat yourself to an iced coffee to pass the time until the sun is shining again!
If you HAVE to get home and the weather is bad, be sure to allow for extra time and don’t rush. Traffic tends to pile up when the skies get dark because driving in the rain is more challenging, so you might find yourself delayed. Don’t get frustrated and try to rush to beat the traffic; instead, you might consider taking an alternate route. Use the navigation technology in your new Orlando Toyota to guide you, and the HD real-time traffic to get alerts on how things are moving!
Learn how to alter your driving habits in the rain!
Here are some Orlando Toyota tips for driving in the rain:
- Slow down and follow the speed limit
- Be sure to use both your wipers and headlights to increase visibility, as well as your turn signals to indicate your movements to other drivers
- Don’t follow other cars too closely – leave extra space in case you have to come to a sudden stop (you may slide!)
- NEVER use cruise control in the rain – it ups your chances of hydroplaning!
- Avoid driving through standing water; you never know how deep it is, and it can cause electrical damage to your ride
- Try to avoid slamming on the gas or brakes, as well as making quick or sharp turns. All of these can cause you to skid out and lose control!
Want more tips, or need to book auto service to ensure your car is ready to take on the rainy afternoons headed our way? Call us today at (866) 945-0493!