How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Rainy Season

Automotive Tips

Tips on how to prepare your vehicle for the rainy season:

  • Determine the condition and quality of your tires. Your vehicle’s tires displace water on wet roads maintaining traction. For maximum gripping power, it’s important to preserve tire tread with regular checks of tire pressure that are recommended once a month or when temperatures change 10 degrees or more as well as regular tire rotation services.   
  • Check your brakes. Coming to a complete stop in rainy conditions takes longer than in dry. With wet weather upon us, it’s important to keep brakes in optimal condition. To stay safe, have your brake components checked and obtain brake services according to vehicle manufacturer specifications. If you notice any squealing noises when you brake, your brake pads may need changing. Be aware that any grinding noises while braking warrant an immediate inspection.
  • Inspect your windshield wipers. Being able to see in rainy weather is vital to your own safety as well as that of passengers and any other drivers on the road. Being caught in a rainy downpour with poorly working wiper blades is dangerous.  Check the condition of your windshield wipers for signs of brittleness and if you notice any streaking, it may be time for new wipers.
  • Maintain your headlights. In inclement weather, properly working headlights increase visibility allowing you to see the road and other drivers to see you. During heavy rain or fog, the beam of your vehicle’s headlights may be the only way other drivers know your vehicle is on the road.  Remember, the law requires drivers to turn on headlights when using their windshield wipers.

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