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Weather Related Situations to Avoid During the Summertime

Summer driving is something every driver looks forward to. After months of cold, trekking to the car with coats on, donning boots and other types of winter gear, summertime sounds nothing short of glorious. There's a bit of a feeling of ease when getting behind the wheel after the threat of snow and ice is long past. There are, however, just as many weather-related issues to be concerned about when driving during the warm weather months as there are in the cool weather months. Let's take a look at those.

Snow usually comes first to mind when someone mentions dangerous weather-related driving situations. The truth is, however, summertime driving can be pretty unpredictable, and it's best to be prepared for every weather-related situation, year-round. From common summertime weather occurrences to downright wild weather, drivers should know what to do in various types of 'crazy weather' moments.

Rain is the most common weather situation drivers will find themselves driving in. The earth needs rain, and during the summertime, most areas of the country aren't seeing enough of it. Strange weather patterns often lead to pop up storms, which can dump large amounts of rain within a matter of minutes, causing flash flooding. The biggest issue rain causes for drivers is low visibility. Making sure your windshield is clean and your wipers work properly is the best way to ensure safe driving in the rain. If your windshield seems like it looks smeared when it rains, it's time to have the wiper blades replaced. The dealership can help you with this during your next visit or you can replace them on your own if you feel comfortable doing so.

Rain can also cause water to pool on roadways and cause flash flooding. Driving through streets or on highways with standing water is downright scary, and can cause cars to hydroplane, leading to accidents. If flooding starts to occur while you're driving and you're able to move off the road to the shoulder or take a nearby exit to get to a safe place to stop, you should probably try to do so. Don't try to be a hero by driving in unsafe conditions if you have another option.

Avoid using cruise control. This feature is designed for safe driving conditions and should not be used when it's raining.

Sudden flooding is also cause for concern. It can certainly happen during the rest of the year for certain but is more likely to occur during spring and summer, and early fall. In just two feet of swift moving water, a vehicle can be swept away. Never try to drive through a flooded area. Turn around, don't drown.

Storms can pop up at any time. It's always a good idea to map your route and be familiar with the area you're driving through. Know where you can safely stop and wait out a storm, and always have a little cash on hand for emergencies.

Brought to you by Tim Short Acura.

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