Stay high and dry, driving in the rain



It’s days like this that I love to quote John Fogerty crooning “and I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain?” from his days fronting Creedence Clearwater Revival, or CCR when their logo appeared on album fronts. Yes, record albums. Round pieces of plastic that dispensed music on a record player or turntable if you owned the spiffy model that plugged into a receiver…, but I digress.

Days like this, where it pours, the wind slants the water at angles you’d need your Algebra teacher to discern and puddles that swallow the wheels at night while often rendering vision impossible can happen year round. Now that we no longer have to fear shoveling said precip from the clouds, I thought these tips from Paul Sullivan of Sullivan Tire worthy to pass on to the road warriors behind the wheels. Heck, there’s “always” a bit of info you can take away.

5 Tips for Staying in Control This Spring

  1. Feeling Out of Touch? – Is the steering looser than normal? Are you sliding when you brake? If so, your tires could be losing their grip and you might be hydroplaning. Best to reduce your speed.
  2. Losing Speed? – If you’re pushing the accelerator and not going faster or slowing down while consistently holding the accelerator, you’re likely losing traction. It’s time to ease off the gas and resume a slower, safer speed.
  3. Cautious from the Start – It doesn’t have to be raining for long to compromise traction. When the first rain falls, the water can mix with oil and dust to create a slick surface.  Slow down as soon as it begins to rain.
  4. Seeing the Whole Picture – To properly inspect your tires for traction, turn the wheel so you can see the whole tire. The tread could be worn on the inside. If you just look at the side, you might not catch a trouble spot.
  5. Two on the Back – If you can only replace two tires, replace the most worn tires and put the new ones on the rear. The back two tires are most critical for keeping the car going in a straight line to avoid fishtailing.