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Don’t let spring fever melt away your safe driving habits

May 5, 2010

From press release

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—As Illinois begins to thaw after a long winter, it’s important drivers don’t let their guard down on the road. Spring weather can be just as dangerous as the snow and ice. The truth is, wet roads can be just as slick from rain.

So, as drivers get ready to enjoy the open road this summer, here are a few tips from State Farm Insurance to keep in mind:

Do not use cruise control during heavy rains or hail. Cruise control in these low-traction conditions could lead to hydroplaning or loss of vehicle control. Using cruise also allows you to move your feet away from the pedals—moving them back, as well as disengaging the cruise control, may take crucial seconds that you don’t have in an emergency situation.

Replace worn tires. Your tires are what keep the car on the road. Worn-out treads provide less traction. Also, make sure tires are inflated properly according to your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Replace worn wiper blades. Poorly-maintained windshield wipers can hamper visibility in poor weather.

Clean windows. After a long winter of salt and other road residue on the windows, wiper effectiveness and visibility can be greatly enhanced by cleaning the glass to remove residue. Cleaning the inside of the glass can also increase visibility and help the defroster clear the windows faster by reducing moisture buildup.

Check all lighting. Rain can also impact visibility, so check all vehicle lighting, including headlights, tail lights, back-up lights, turn signals, parking lights and brake lights. These lights are important, not only because they help you to see, but also help other motorists to see you.

From the May 5-May 11, 2010 issue

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