Owning a car comes with big responsibilities. It may be important to keep your car clean and provide it with routine maintenance, but it’s also vital to stay safe and aware on the road. Preparing for common road hazards and knowing how to deal with them can make all the difference, which is why our team at Vicksburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM is here to share some tips and tricks for staying safe on the road.

Flooded Roads 

If you live in the Vicksburg, MI area, you’re probably used to the significant rain and flooding we receive all year long. If you ever find yourself driving in standing water, drive close to the center of the flood where the water is most shallow. It doesn’t take much standing water for your tires to start hydroplaning, so drive very slowly and in low gear. Also, make sure to dry your brakes afterwards.

Tire Blowouts

If you’re driving on an expressway and suddenly hear a loud pop towards the back of your vehicle, you’ve likely experienced a tire blowout. The first thing to do when your tire blows out is to take your foot off the gas pedal and put your hazards on. Steer your car away from traffic and onto the shoulder. Once you’re stopped, check your other tires for damage and call for roadside assistance.

Collisions

Fender benders and accidents happen everyday on the road, so it’s best to know what to do in case you ever collide with another vehicle. After a collision, make sure that you and your passengers are okay before calling 9-1-1. Once information and photos of the wreck are taken, call your insurance company to file a report. 

Visit our Vicksburg car dealership located at 13475 Portage Road to learn more tips on how you can protect yourself from road hazards.