April showers are upon us, and there are plenty more on the way. Deluge driving can be dangerous, subjecting you to slippery situations, hydroplaning, and impaired visibility. So, now is a great time for drivers from Oscoda to Whittemore to ensure their ride is sufficiently set for the season. To help you prep for precipitation, the Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas service center has a few helpful tips:

  • Inspect your tires: Tread grooves are essential for maintaining tire grip, as they help channel water from beneath the contact patch. If the tread is insufficient, it could cause hydroplaning and complete loss of steering control. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny "headfirst" into the groove. If the tread obscures Lincoln's hair, the tire still has life left. But if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tire should be changed as soon as possible.

  • Change your wipers: Michigan winters can do a number on your wiper blades, causing them to stiffen and become brittle, impairing their effectiveness. Instead of removing the water, worn wipers may simply spread it around the windshield, making visibility even worse. Have a look, and if you notice splits or separated sections, swap them out for a pair of fresh blades to ensure maximum clearance.

  • Check headlights: Some rainstorms are so heavy that they can overpower even the best wipers, severely hindering visibility. Turning on your headlights will ensure oncoming drivers can see you. However, if they're dim or burnt out, your vehicle could blend into the backdrop. So, before your next trip, turn them on and gauge their brightness.

  • Other lights: While you're at it, go ahead and check your brake lights, hazard lights, reverse lights, fog lights (if applicable), and even the license plate lights.

Schedule Ford service near East Tawas and Hale, MI

If you have any questions about recommended Ford maintenance and readying your ride for inclement weather, reach out to Dean Arbour Ford of Tawas at your convenience. And if it's about time for an appointment, you can schedule Ford service online, quickly and conveniently. We'll be happy to assist you.

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