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Posted on April 21, 2015 in Car Tips, Claims and Safety

After a long winter, the open road is now packed with motorists heading out for sightseeing, vacations, get-togethers, and more. When you make plans for a drive, make sure you’ll have a safe passage. Springtime is the rainy season, so be ready for wet driving conditions.

  • Are your tires properly inflated?

    Proper tire pressure helps you negotiate wet pavement and helps protect your tires and wheels if you encounter potholes or rough pavement.

  • Is it time for new windshield wipers?

    A fresh set of wiper blades will improve your ability to see when the raindrops start falling.

  • And how about the lights on your vehicle?

    You’ll be readily apparent to other drivers if your headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are fully functional.

  • Are you paying close attention?

    From light mist to heavy downpour, any precipitation makes pedestrians, motorcycles, and other vehicles more difficult to see. Make allowances for this reduced visibility, and be aware of what is around your car or truck at all times.

  • What about your speed?

    Remember, stopping on wet pavement can take four times the distance of stopping on a dry road.  Oil or grime left on the streets can make for slippery conditions, especially when the rain has just started falling.  And keep in mind, going too fast on rain-covered pavement makes it harder to control a quick stop or sudden change of direction.

Perhaps the best advice for drivers this spring is to be alert and share the road.  And if you have an unexpected encounter with another vehicle, insurance with The General can help you quickly get back in the driver seat.  And if you have a DUI, ticket, or other problem on your driving record, or you need an SR-22, The General will get you the coverage and documentation you need.