Professional driver and automotive expert Barbara Terry lends her expertise to a topic important to anyone who owns a vehicle – driving safety.
As spokesperson for Rain-X’s annual Seemore Safety Campaign, she reminds motorists to follow some simple tips to stay safe on the roads.
Tip 1 – Always Have a Clear View of the Road
Without fail, it should be a top priority to ensure a clear view of the road ahead. Most of the decisions made while behind the wheel are based on vision, making efficiently functioning wiper blades essential for safe driving. Drivers should begin a routine to check their wiper blades every six months and change them at least once every year.
Tip 2 – Change Blades Midway Through Winter
At no other time of the year are drivers more tuned in to the weather than Groundhog Day. As the midpoint of winter, Groundhog Day can serve as a yearly reminder for drivers to change their wiper blades. Now in its third year, the Seemore Safety Campaign reminds drivers of this simple task, which improves their visibility and safety on the roads.
Tip 3 – Clean Grime and Fill Fluid Levels Regularly
Road grime is more likely to accumulate on the windshield during this time of year; another good habit to adopt is cleaning the windshield every time when filling the gas tank. It’s best to make sure to check the washer-fluid level at each fill up and consider using a quality rain repellent for maximum windshield clarity. It is also important to note that sunlight and heat can be just as damaging to blades as wet weather, so check them throughout the year.
Tip 4 – Check Tires For Damage and Lights For Functionality
Drivers should pay extra attention to a vehicle’s tires, as they represent the vehicle’s sole connection to the road. Drivers should routinely inspect the tires for adequate tire tread, any damaging marks and proper tire pressure. Drivers should also regularly walk around their vehicle to make sure all lights and signals work and that the windows and light covers are clean of dirt and grime.
Tip 5 – Take Extra Precautions During Winter Months
During the winter months, when inclement weather is more prevalent, it is important for motorists to take every precaution possible. In preparation for a potential roadside breakdown, motorists should prepare a roadside emergency kit containing such items as roadside flares, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries, umbrella or poncho, a fire extinguisher, a spare tire, extra hats and gloves, a blanket, a tire inflator and a few bottles of water.
For additional information on how to properly prepare a vehicle to ensure clear visibility throughout the season, log on to www.Rain-X.com and check out the Tips and Information page to learn more ways to outsmart the elements.