We all know how often it rains in Tacoma, Washington, which is why our used car dealership has taken a moment to put together some safety tips for how to drive in the rain. With decreased visibility, increased stopping distance, and limited handling ability, the most important thing to do is slow down. Another critical factor to help you drive in the rain is tire maintenance.
Tires are what connect your used crossover to the roads of Lakewood, Washington. They are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. Consequently, their care is paramount. You should check the tires on your vehicle for damage, bald spots, uneven wear, and correct tire pressure on a regular basis.
Maintaining the correct tire pressure in your vehicle is one of the most important automotive safety measures you can take whether you're driving in the rain or enjoying a dry summer day. Correct tire pressure will ensure the safe driving and handling ability of your car. Imagine trying to peddle a bicycle on under-inflated tires. We all remember how hard that is. When the tires on your used sedan are low on air, that is the same stress your engine must endure and compensate for. This added effort will diminish performance and fuel economy.
Under-inflated tires will also decrease your acceleration and stopping abilities as well as handling performance because they will not grip the road as powerfully as tires that are inflated to the correct psi. If you are unsure how to measure your vehicle's tire pressure or add air to your tires, you can get in touch with our service department.
The tire pressure for your vehicle is likely listed in the owner's manual and the driver's side door jam. Remember, you want to check the tire pressure for your vehicle, not what's listed on the wall of the tire.
Another key safety tip for driving in the rain is maintaining adequate tread depth on your vehicle's tires. If you recently hit a pothole or parking block, your car's tires may be out of alignment. This misalignment will cause the tires to wear unevenly and can create bald spots. If the tires on your vehicle are balding they are not only unsafe to operate in the rain, they are dangerous to drive in the rain and should be replaced immediately.
If it's time to rotate or install new tires on your used Toyota Tacoma, come to our dealership for tire service. Our professional auto mechanics will rotate, mount, balance, and align your new tires. We are proud to carry new tires for sale from such top tire brands as Goodyear, Pirelli, Yokohama, Dunlop, Cooper, Bridgestone, and more. When you come to our local service department for tire service, we can suggest new winter tires for your vehicle that will add to your performance in the rain. We have a wide selection of tires for sale in a range of tires from top brands and can outfit your vehicle with the best new tires for your car.
When looking for ways to improve your safe driving in the rain, feel free to get in touch with our dealership. The most important thing to do is give yourself ample time to stop. It's easy to forget that your car needs a greater stopping distance in the rain than it does on dry tarmac. By slowing down and increasing the gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, you can add to your safe driving in the rain.
And remember, be sure the tires on your vehicle are correctly maintained by the trained professionals and technicians in our tire center.