Rain Driving Tips to Combat Those April Showers

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Have you been so prepared for driving in the snow, that you’ve forgotten how to drive in the rain? Now that spring is finally upon us, spring showers are soon to follow.

Don’t get stuck this year; prepare yourself with these rain driving tips:

  • If it begins to rain while you are driving, slow down. The roads are most slippery just shortly after rain begins.
  • Increase the distance between your car and the other cars around you, in case you or one of the other drivers needs to stop quickly.
  • Avoid using cruise control while it’s raining, which may contribute to hydroplaning.
  • If your car does begin to hydroplane, do not slam on the brakes, which will only cause them to lock up.
  • Lastly, never drive through standing water. Just 12 inches of water is enough water to force your car to lose traction with the road.

And if you find yourself stuck, with your car floating in the middle of freshly formed body of water, abandon your car and seek shelter!

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Driving Safety Tips: What to Do When You Hydroplane

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Stay Safe by Knowing What to Do if you Hydroplane.

Driving in the rain with low visibility is scary enough, but when you skid on the water and feel yourself losing control of your vehicle, it’s even scarier. But there’s no need to panic—it’s actually very easy to regain control, so just follow these steps for what to do when you hydroplane and you’ll be fine!

The first rule of hydroplaning is do not slam on your brakes. Don’t even touch them! If you brake, especially if you brake hard, you will skid and lose even more control of your car. Not preferable. There are two different methods, depending on if you’re in a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive car.

In a front-wheel drive car, you’ll want to steer into an open lane so you have plenty of room in front of you. If there isn’t an open lane, try the side of the road. As you’re steering over into that lane (don’t swerve!) slowly accelerate until you have more control.

In rear-wheel drive, on the other hand, you’ll want to take your foot off the gas pedal as you steer into the other lane. Don’t brake still! Just let your car decelerate. You should regain control quickly.

Think you might need new tires? Schedule an appointment with our service department.

Setting up a Jeep Towing Hitch

Wondering how to properly set up a tow hitch? Have you never towed anything before? Unsure of how much is too much when towing? These are all great questions and concerns. Rochester Hills of Chrysler, Jeep in Rochester Hills, MI has compiled a few towing tips to make sure you safely set up a tow for yourself and others.

 Jeep Cherokee

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

First and foremost check your owners manual to find exact towing capabilities. The manual may consist of some acronyms, such as GVWR, GCWR, or GAWR. About.com has an informative page that explains what all of these acronyms and other towing terms mean.If you are unsure where to find the information or are not positive, call your local Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep dealership at (888)435-3039.

Next, check and look over all of your towing parts including the hitch and trailer to make sure nothing is rusty or out of shape. Once these are looked over, secure what you are towing. Make sure to drive about half the speed you normally do- remembering it takes extra time, space and power to stop, turn and change lanes.

Jeep has plenty of towing and hauling vehicles for your best tow that produce maximum towing fuel efficiency:

  • Jeep Compass: towing capabilities of up to 2,000 pounds
  • Jeep Cherokee: towing capabilities of up to 4,500 pounds
  • Jeep Patriot: towing capabilities of up to 2,000 pounds
  • Jeep Wrangler: towing capabilities of up to 4,200 pounds
  • *Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: towing capabilities of up to 3,500 pounds (Best-in-Class Towing)
  • *Jeep Grand Cherokee: towing capabilities of up to 7,400 pounds (Best-in-Class Towing)

These Jeep vehicles can tow anything from small trailers, motor cycles, boats, snowmobiles to large camping trailers and extra-heavy-duty. Look up towing state laws to make sure you are not breaking or violating any.