Spring is nearly here in Mishawaka, Indiana, and we’re looking forward to enjoying warm weather again. Unfortunately, that means a lot of rainstorms are on the way, so it’s important that your car’s wipers are ready — especially after how brutal this winter was! To determine if your car needs new windshield wiper blades, look for these factors.
Streaks on the glass
If the old wipers leave excessive streaks on the windshield, it’s probably time for new wipers. You can try wiping off the rubber to see if that solves the problem, but if it doesn’t, then the wipers are damaged enough to need replaced.
Squeaking or skipping
If you activate the wipers during the spring rain and hear loud squealing or see the arms bumping across the glass, something is wrong. The rubber isn’t as soft and smooth as it once was, which means it’s been worn down to the point of replacing.
The rubber blade on the wipers can deteriorate after brutal seasons of cold and heat, as well as years of constant use, and you sometimes can see that deterioration if you look close enough. If you notice cracks, chunks missing, peeling, or warping, it’s time for new wipers.
Spring weather in Mishawaka can get a bit wet — but don’t let that put a damper on your seasonal adventures with your Ford vehicle. Here are some helpful pointers for driving safely in the rain this spring.
Ditch cruise control
If your Ford has cruise control, it’s best to avoid using it when it’s raining. That’s because when you turn it on, this mode prevents you from being able to ease off the accelerator — a driving technique that’s essential for maintaining traction on slick roads.
Go slow and give space
Plan for longer travel times when the weather is wet so you can travel as slowly as you need to stay in control. You’ll also want to give extra room to other cars on the road to ensure that you have sufficient time to bring your vehicle to a halt even in the rainiest of conditions.
Steer clear of flood zones
Familiarize yourself with the flood zones in your area. If your commute includes roads that are prone to flooding, figure out a detour that you could take.
Know how to respond to a skid
Educate yourself on how to properly handle a skid if your Ford does happen to hydroplane on a wet spring day. First, refrain from harsh braking. You’ll also want to continue steering the vehicle in the direction you want to go to help regain control.
Changing weather also means changing road conditions. As the leaves begin to change in places like Mishawaka, Indiana and around the country, these safety tips will protect you and your passengers on your travels.
One of the biggest road hazards in fall can be leaves falling off of trees. Wet roads can cause leaves to stick to the asphalt, which could cause your tires to slip. If you see a bunch of leaves stuck in one spot, slow down. Avoid swerving and making any sudden stops. These techniques will help prevent hydroplaning.
Fall also means the beginning of longer nights, which leads to more driving in the dark. Make sure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are clean and functional, to ensure that you have maximum visibility for evening and early morning commutes.
Finally, autumn in Mishawaka means another set of road hazards in the form of tractors and combines. If you’re stuck behind one of these slow-moving machines, remain patient and only pass them when there’s no other traffic on the roads.