With the abundance of dry weather in Texas, many drivers often forget what it’s like to drive in the rain. This can lead to dangerous driving habits, especially when visibility is limited due to heavy rains. To avoid the need for BMW service and repair, you need to exercise caution as you drive during the rain. Before you head out in your BMW performance car, make sure you consider the following tips for driving in the rain.
Turn on Your Lights
It can be difficult to see in the rain. If you’ve ever paid attention to the other cars in the rain, you likely noticed those without headlights were difficult to see until you are too close to stop. Turning on your headlights may not seem to help you see much, but it will help other drivers see you so you don’t have to take a trip to your local BMW certified repair shop.
Clear Your Windshield
It may seem obvious, but some people either forget or fail to turn on their wipers. Others only use one speed for their wipers. Always make sure the speed of your wipers is fast enough to keep your windshield and your vision clear.
Increase Following Distance
Wet pavement makes it more difficult to stop. While it’s important to slow down in the rain, it’s also essential to increase the amount of space you leave in front of you. Following too closely increases the chances of needing BMW service and repair after an accident.
Avoid Standing Water
Small puddles may be harmless, but you never know how deep a puddle may be or whether your car will hydroplane. Driving through deep water can result in damage to your vehicle and could put you at risk for stalling. Even smaller puddles can cause your car to hydroplane, which can lead to an accident. Your risk of hydroplaning increases if you haven’t replaced your BMW performance tires recently.
You should always pay attention while driving, but it is even more important to eliminate the distractions when it’s raining. Not only do you need to pay close attention to what you are doing, it’s essential to be increasingly aware of what others are doing. This can help you identify risky drivers and do your best to avoid them.
Stop in Heavy Rain
Many people feel they must press on, even when the raining is falling so thickly they can’t see. Don’t be afraid of pulling over. If you do pull over to the side of the road, use your hazards to ensure everyone else can see you.
Taking care of your car with proper BMW service and repair can enhance your driving performance in the rain; however, even a well-maintained vehicle can still encounter problems in inclement weather. These driving tips can help you stay safe on the road during any rain storm.
If you have been involved in an accident due to the rain, contact us. Our Dallas, TX, BMW certified repair shop can help you get your car back in operating condition.