Monthly Archives: March 2016

Is Your Car Ready for Spring Driving?

Spring showers bring May flowers…and wet driving conditions.

We all know that winter conditions can make for dangerous driving, but spring weather brings its own driving challenges. Along with warmer weather, spring brings rain, potholes and increased traffic. Review these safety tips before you hit the road.

In Your Driveway

  • Perform basic maintenance. Spring is the perfect time to schedule a visit at the Dean Honda Service Center. We can check your fluid levels, suspension system, brakes and more to reduce the risk of a breakdown. Now’s also a good time to schedule an alignment visit.
  • Change your windshield wipers. With spring comes rainstorms. Putting new wipers on your car will ensure you’re ready!

  • Check your lights. Make sure that all lights are working – headlights, brake lights, etc. Also, remember to always use your headlights during a rainstorm and when road conditions are less than ideal.

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Full tires can reduce the damage caused by potholes and other road hazards.

  • Learn how to use your side mirror camera. Most new Honda vehicles come equipped with a side mirror camera. They cover your blind spots and keep you safer on the road.

On The Road

  • Share the road. Warmer weather brings out motorcyclists and bicyclists. Be on the lookout for increased traffic.

  • Avoid cruise control. Using cruise control in wet conditions can increase the chance of losing control of the vehicle.
  • Watch for pedestrians and animals. As the weather warms up, expect more pedestrians, especially in residential and shopping areas. You will also see more animals near the roadway.

  • Watch out for potholes. Spring is the time for potholes. Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, and result in costly repairs.
  • Slow down and leave room. Slowing down during wet weather can reduce your chance of hydroplaning. You should also leave plenty of room between your car and the car in front of you, in case you skid.