Hi All—Rico here!
This time of year, the roads are slick! I wanted to take some time this
week to explain why our Pacific Northwest roads can be dangerous this
time of year, and how to protect you, your car, and the ones you share
the road with.
During summer months where we lack wet weather, the oils and fluids
from vehicles traveling down the road build up.
The first rain is the most dangerous, at is loosens up all of those fluids
creating a very slick and greasy surface. Believe it or not, this surface
can be compared to black ice! As we move forward, this layer is washed
away but the standing water on the roads, rains and decreased sunlight
all create a much more difficult environment for driving.
Before you hit the road slippery roads for the season, check:
Your tires are inflated properly.
Keep an air pressure gauge in your glove box.
The tread on your tires.
Insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down,
facing you. If you can see all of the head—it’s time to replace
The last time you've had your tires rotated.
This should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Your windshield wipers.
Invest in quality wiper blades: these can mean the
difference between seeing and not seeing once the rains begin.
While you’re on the road:
Watch those pedals. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
Increase your distance. Instead of following at a distance from
3-4 seconds to 8-10 seconds.
Slow down. Take your time on the road and slow down a little.
All of these things are simple things to evaluate and do, and don’t cost much!
If you do meet someone "by accident" please allow us to give an estimate
to repair any damage. You're welcome to have your vehicle towed to our shop.
We work on your behalf with all insurances.
Many thanks & safe travels!