Cars driving together in a storm

Driving Tips for Thunderstorms and Summer Rains

3 Tips for Tackling Summer Weather and Summer Storms

Bad storms and weather can bring a ton of dangers to you and your passengers. This means that you need to take a ton of precautions before and during your drives, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worst! Thankfully, we’re here to help you keep safe an prepare for your bad-weather driving experience! Continue reading below in order to find out more!

Turn Off Cruise Control

Many drivers think that using cruise control in the rain is a great way to stay steady, but this isn’t the truth. Cruise control makes it easier to hydroplane, removing control of your vehicle when you need it most. You’ll find it harder to straighten out your vehicle if you start to slip up, so we recommend you do not use the cruise control system while on the road in a storm.

Don’t Tailgate Other Drivers

You shouldn’t tailgate any way, but definitely not during storms and rain. It takes brakes double their normal time to react and activate in the rain, so that means you should put double the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If someone is tailgating you, the best thing you can do is let them pass however you can.

Car window view in a storm
Clouds rolling in a thunderstorm

Get in the Back Seat if There’s Hail

This is a situational thing, but if you’re driving in a storm and it starts to hail, you should immediately pull over and get into the back seat area. We recommend getting on the floor and using the seats as cover. This will provide the best protection if the glass shatters from larger pieces.

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These are just three of several tips that we recommend you employ while driving during storms. To learn more about what you should do, or to learn more about vehicles and taking care of them, we recommend contacting our dealership today! We’ll be more than happy to help you with servicing, used vehicle purchasing, and more!