1.  Rainproof Your Windshield

Manufacturers recommend replacing your blades every 3 months.  Keep a spare set in your trunk.  A product as such Rain Clear can also help minimize the work of your wipers, spray onto the glass every few weeks.  in some light rains, it makes the wipers almost unnecessary.

2.  Skip the DIY (Do It Yourself) Car Wash

Washing your car at home uses 5-20 times more water than a professional car wash.  You also aren’t doing your car any favors.  A recent study at the University of Texas proved that a single DIY wash can leave scratches as deep as a tenth of a paint’s total thickness.  I recommend going to a Touchless Car Wash.

3. Eliminate Distractions

As driving instructors stress, your hands tend to follow where your eyes are looking.  Adjusting the radio dial takes 5.5 seconds- that 5.5 seconds when your eyes are not looking on the road and both hands not on the wheel.  Dialing a phone triples your risk of a crash, but worse of all is texting, which makes you 23 times more likely to crash.  Use hands free devices for your car and speech dictation for texting while driving.  Avoid the temptation of multitasking while driving altogether.

4. Lower your seat

Drivers who sit higher feel as if they are driving slower.  Thus, SUV drivers, who are already piloting the vehicles most prone to roll, drive faster because they feel like they’re creeping along, so lower your seat to get the sensation of more speed.

5. Look Left, then Right

40% of car crashes occur at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as do 22% of all fatal crashes.

6.  Deal with a Deer in the Road

Don’t take radical evasive action to avoid a collision, which is more likely to cause you bodily harm than making contact with the animal.  Plus, you’re facing a wild animal, there is no way to tell which direction it will flee.  If you have time, flash your headlights to try to scare the animal out of your path.  If a collision is imminent, brake with your steering wheel straight.  At the last possible second, steer away from the animal’s midsection to prevent the animal from crashing through your windshield and landing on your lap.

7.  Ford a Stream

Do not drive in water higher than the air intake, which is typically on the front side fender.  Pick an area where the flow of water is slow and enter at an angle to cut down on the surface area of the vehicle being pushed against by the stream.  Enter gently but with enough speed to cause a bow wave, which pushes the water forward, creating a shallower area, and ford at a constant speed.

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks!

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