As quarantine restrictions start to ease up, we can finally take our cars out to stretch their legs. Unfortunately, the rainy season is starting to lurk around the corner, and with that, comes the task of prepping our cars for driving under the rain. Here are a few things you should keep in mind before getting your car wet.
Keep your tires thick
Your car’s tires push away water on wet roads maintaining traction. For maximum gripping power, it’s important to preserve tire tread with regular checks of tire pressure. If you see bald spots, it’s best to replace your tires.
Work those windshield wipers
Being able to see in rainy weather is vital for your own safety as well as your passengers and every other driver on the road. Being caught in a downpour with poorly working wiper blades is DANGEROUS. Check the condition of your windshield wipers for signs of brittleness. If you notice any streaking when you use it, it may be time for new wipers.
Check those brakes
Stopping or braking in rainy conditions takes longer than in dry road. With wet weather coming up, it’s important to keep brakes in optimal condition. To stay safe, have your brake components checked. If you notice any squeaking noises when you brake, your brake pads may need changing. Also, any grinding noises while braking need immediate inspection.
Shine a light
During a heavy downpour, properly working headlights increase visibility allowing you to see the road and other drivers to see you. The beam of your vehicle’s headlights may be the only way other drivers know your vehicle is on the road. Hence, it’s imperative that you make sure you have fully functioning headlights before you leave the house.
Once you’re aware of these things, you can finally get in your car with confidence that the bad weather won’t get the best of you. Remember, driving in the rain is always a risk. Not just for you, but for other drivers as well. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.