5 Essential Things to Know About Driving in Bad Weather

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While the safest option is to avoid driving in bad weather, sometimes you just have no choice. When the weather turns the road treacherous, these essential things will help you stay as safe as possible so you can arrive safely.

Slow Down

Whether you’re driving in rain, snow or ice, slowing down is the most important thing you can do. All of these types of weather make it more difficult to stop, and in the case of snow and ice, can make controlling your vehicle more challenging. By slowing down you’ll give yourself plenty of reaction time so you can stop or move over safely.

Prepare for Black Ice

Black ice, so named for driver’s being unable to see it for the most part, is incredibly dangerous. It is most often on bridges, areas where the sun doesn’t hit due to shadows and near the drains at intersections. If you are heading around a curve or to an intersection, make sure you slow down and leave plenty of room for your vehicle to stop without heavy braking.

Brake Safely

When driving in bad weather, standing on your brakes is never a good idea. If you have to hit them, make sure you do it well in advance, and ease them on – this will help slow your momentum before the wheels stop turning.

Pay Attention to Conditions

If you come to an area of road that is flooded, don’t try to go through it anyway. It can be difficult to tell how deep it is, which could mean stalling your car out if it gets into your engine. Additionally, deep water can have a strong current that can quickly shift your car.

Avoid the Invincible Syndrome

As vehicles get larger, many people believe that SUVs and other large vehicles can handle bad weather better. While that added weight and four-wheel drive may help some, that doesn’t mean you should attempt to go the speed limit on snow, ice or during heavy rains. Your vehicle might be large, but it is still susceptible to ice. It can also have a higher risk for turning over too, especially if you have to make a sudden move.

Bad weather makes driving difficult. Make sure your vehicle is in the best condition for snow, ice and rain by changing your tires and contacting YourMechanic to have them rotated frequently to avoid uneven wear.


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Alfred

12 years of experience
348 reviews
Alfred
12 years of experience
Fiat 500 - Tire Rotation - San Francisco, California
Alfred showed up 15 minutes early and completed my 88k mile maintenance which I closed an oil change and rotating tires. I also had my cabin filter replaced. He was knowledgeable and friendly and very timely. He completed the service within 1hr 15 min. He recommended 2 services that needed my attention in the future.
Acura RDX - Tire Rotation - South San Francisco, California
This was Alfred's third time servicing my car and he takes good care of his customers. At the same time Alfred has a wealth of experience and knowledge. Each time I ask him questions on different maintenance schedules and parts, he gives you clarity on what is needed and what is not needed. Therefore saving time and money for the customer that I truly value. I plan to schedule Alfred again on future maintenance.

Pardeep

20 years of experience
616 reviews
Pardeep
20 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz C300 - Tire Rotation - San Jose, California
Pardeep is very experience and friendly. He has explained whatever doubts I have on my car, and did the scheduled maintenance job very well. I really appreciate his patience.
Chevrolet Volt - Tire Rotation - San Jose, California
Friendly and professional and I like the detailed report. Pardeep is recommended and I will definitely use him again.

Honorio

18 years of experience
772 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Tire Rotation - Santa Clara, California
Great guy. Very knowledgeable and relaxed. It was getting hot out so I wanted to make sure was okay outside with water. This guy is knowledgable since Yourmechanic messed up on what the oil my car needed. Luckily with his expertise he came with the right oil and did the work quickly. would definitely book him again. Thanks!!!
Volvo XC60 - Tire Rotation - Sunnyvale, California
Honorio was on time, even though I booked the 7 am slot. He had all the required equipments and explained to me in detail the services done and the recommendations.

Peter

42 years of experience
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Peter
42 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Tire Rotation - Scottsdale, Arizona
Peter came in time and carefully inspected the car. He was honest, did his job very well. Timing Belt, Serpentine belt and transmission fluid service was done. He also rotated my tires. I am glad to made a appointment from him. He did everythin in my garrage. He was done in 4 hours. I would strongly reccomend him.

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