Month: May 2016

Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning can be a scary thing, even though it’s surprisingly easy to pull out of a skid in the rain. Still, it’s best to prevent hydroplaning altogether and avoid the panic that can result from the loss of control of your vehicle.  But, the question is, how can you do it? Here are some easy tips that will help you keep control of steering in the rainiest weather.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent many kinds of accidents and driving issues, and hydroplaning is no different. If you regularly have your tires balanced and rotated, and you check your tire pressure and add air when necessary, you’re less likely to hydroplane. Also, the higher quality your tires are, the better they perform on wet roads. So taking proper care of your tires will help you in many cases, including hydroplaning.

When you’re driving in the rain, just go slower. Hydroplaning is most likely to occur at speeds above 35 miles per hour. Driving five or ten miles below the speed limit is a good idea when it’s raining anyway because it will help you to stop more easily, so drop your speed and avoid highways and high speed limit roads. And if you see a puddle, try to drive around it—the deeper the water, the easier it is for your wheels to lift off the road.

For more questions about your tires and which ones will help you in most severe weather cases, come see us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

Charity

Last month the Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation announced that it would donate $30,000 to Red Cross of the Heartland, the American Red Cross branch located in Bloomington, Illinois. The Mitsubishi donation to Red Cross of the Heartland will go in part to the Red Cross Home Fires campaign.

The donation was made in partnership with O’Brien Mitsubishi, a Mitsubishi dealership in Normal, Illinois, and was presented to Red Cross officials in a ceremony that took place at the dealership in early April.  This is another effort from Mitsubishi to help give back to Normal, IL, where it recently closed its Mitsubishi plant.

The Red Cross Home Fires campaign is dedicated to serving the local community by installing smoke alarms in the homes of at-risk groups like single parents and those of low socioeconomic status in order to lower the rate of injury and loss of life from home fires in these groups.

Mitsubishi has a strong history with the Red Cross, including its support of the Red Cross of the Philippines in 2015, when Mitsubishi dealers came together to donate 7.3 million Philippine pesos to the organization.

See what else we are doing at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to help out our local community of St. Cloud, MN.