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Avoiding Road Rage and Staying Safe in GMC Trucks

Tips Sign On KeyboardIn our last article, we talked about how to avoid becoming the “cause of road rage” and while you may think there is never any reason for someone to display road rage (and there isn’t)…it is the nature of some drivers and it is important to practice good driving habits to avoid ruffling the feathers of someone who has a temper behind the wheel.  That being said, if you are one who can find yourself with a temper behind the wheel (and we have all been there from time-to-time), then there are some tips for you to take into consideration as well.  Your Dominion Motors GMC Truck Dealership wants you to be safe and enjoy your time in your truck!  Here are some tips to consider:

  • First, you should take into consideration the type of music you listen to while driving.  Believe it or not, the style of music you are listening to can really effect your mood behind the wheel!  Consider changing it up a bit to see if it makes a difference.  You might be surprised!
  • Know the route you need to take and the most efficient way to get there.  Many applications and gps features on your phone these days will allow you to choose a route that avoids potential set backs like traffic accidents or hold ups due to inclement weather, etc. Knowing this information will ease your stress levels and help you to get where you are going without frustrations along the way.
  • Regulate the temperature in your vehicle effectively.  The hotter you are, the more prone you are to get frustrated easily.  Make sure you are staying cool and comfortable so you can remain cool, calm and collected.

These may seem like silly tips, but they really will make a difference for you if you do indeed struggle with road rage from time to time.  Stay safe Thunder Bay!

Road Rage: Avoid Being the Cause

Road RageAs we were driving down the road a few days ago (I was a passenger in the front seat) I noticed that the driver was very close to the car in front of him.  It was a situation where the person in front of us was driving along pretty slowly and we had a place to be and it was slightly frustrating, however I realized that the driver in my truck wasn’t upset at all…He was simply “driving”.  The person in front of us however, was certainly showing signs of frustration and it brought up an interesting conversation…

There are two people in any case of road rage.  The first is the person who is angry and acts out because of it and the second is the person who is supposedly doing whatever it is that is causing the other person to become angry.  While it is never okay to become so full of rage behind the wheel that you put others in danger, it is also important that you practice good driving habits that both keep you safe, and that keep you from being the cause of road rage.  Here are a few things to consider when you are driving down the road:

  • Leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.  Keep two or three car lengths between you which will not only keep the person in front of you happy, but it will also give you the time you need to react to any sudden braking that they may have due to other vehicles or objects in the roadway.
  • Use your signals properly.  When you are turning right or left or when you are changing lanes, using your turn signals properly will help warn other drivers what your plans are and will keep them from getting frustrated with you.
  • Check the traffic situation before you leave home.  If the route you need to take is congested, you can make plans in advance to drive a different way or leave earlier than planned to make time for the traffic.  This will lower your stress levels and will keep you from using poor driving tactics that may cause others blood pressure to rise.

Road rage is never acceptable and causes many serious accidents every year.  No matter what you are doing on the roadway, it is never a justifiable reason for some to act out in rage, but unfortunately, people do every day so it is important to keep that in mind to avoid being on the receiving end of that rage.

Your local Dominion Motors sales team cares about you and your safety on the roadways. Thunder Bay GMC Trucks are among the safest trucks today and we would love to take you on a test drive. Contact us today!

More on Winter Maintenance in Buick Cars

Car tires on winter roadIn our last article on winter maintenance, we shared some tips about how to keep your tires in great shape and to avoid issues as they relate to poor tire treads.  In this article, we will look at some of the smaller details that will make your winter drive more manageable.  These are inexpensive steps you can take that will increase your safety on the roadways.

  • Replace your wiper blades and make sure your washer fluid levels are all in good shape.  The last thing you want to do is find yourself in a snow or sleet storm and have tattered wiper blades that make it nearly impossible to see clearly out of your windshield. This is a cheap and easy fix that keeps you safe on the roads but it’s one step that you should think about before you find yourself in the middle of the storm.
  • Keep the undercarriage of your vehicle clean.  The snow and salt from the roadways can really build up under your car.  Believe it or not, this can really cause damage to your car including premature rusting as well as damage to your frame!  Keep this issue as minimal as possible by cleaning the undercarriage of your Buick car as thoroughly as possible.
  • Keep your headlights clean and functioning properly.  If you have a headlight that has burned out, don’t wait to have it replaced.  It is simple and inexpensive and is important to your safety on the roadways.  Also important is keeping your headlight clean.  Just like your undercarriage of your car, the salt can really cause your headlights to be foggy or cloudy.  You may even consider adding a little wax to your headlights to keep the salt from sticking on them.

To have any of these areas of your Thunder Bay Buick Car checked out, contact your Dominion Motors service department today!