This might sound ridiculous, but as seasons change so do the demands that our cars face. In summer HVAC systems are tested, Coolant and Lubricating systems are tested… in the winter the same with the HVAC, then add battery problems, thick oil upon startup, etc. What about rain? LOTS OF IT!
Believe it or not there are certain aspects of rain driving that can severely impact the safety of you, your vehicle and its occupants. There are three major areas where you can improve your vehicles chances of getting around safely in even the most dangerous conditions. Read on to see our 3 Tips from automotive experts.
The single most important aspect of any vehicle regardless of conditions is the tires. No matter what you’re driving the only piece of your car that makes contact with the road surface is the tires. With wet weather the number one cause of accidents is people not being able to stop in time. In addition to the decreased grip on the roads, the threat of aquaplaning.
If you can’t see what’s in front of you how are you going to prepare for it? Not only are the headlights important, but also your ancillary lights, indicators, and brake lights. It is almost as important to ensure other drivers can see you as it is to make sure you can see them.
Probably one of the most overlooked aspects of the car when it comes to regular maintenance. There’s nothing exciting about putting a new set of windshield wipers on your car. That being said, there’s nothing better than having a fresh set of wipers on your car during a downpour. Not only can you now see, but there’s no annoying squeaking or streaks left on the windshield!
So there you have it! Those are the 3 most important things to inspect on your vehicle to make sure you are ready for traveling in inclement weather. If you are unsure whether or not components on your car are ready for bad conditions feel free to give us a call or bring your car on by so we can inspect it ourselves!
That’s great and all but how do you, yourself, go out and inspect your car to make sure it’s ready?
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First thing to check is your tire's pressures. Tread or no tread, if the tire is under or over inflated it won’t do you much good. Tire pressures can be found in the door jamb or in the owner’s manual. Make sure that the pressure you set them to is slightly higher than rated if the car has not been driven, pressures rise when the tires heat up.
Second is for damage, make sure that there are no obvious bubbles, tears, cracks, etc forming anywhere along the sidewall or on the tread itself.
Lastly is the tread depth. Easiest way to do this if you don’t have a gauge is to stick a coin in the read and measure how much is left.
Tire Rack has a great how to!
First thing is to visually inspect that they are all working. Have a buddy stand outside the car and verify that the brake lights, indicators, reverse lights, and all the other bulbs that you can’t verify from the driver’s seat are properly working.
Once you verified that they are all working last step is to see if any of the housings are discolored. Often over time, the clear plastic covers that cover the bulbs get a yellowy build up that reduces light output.
First sign that the wipers aren’t doing their job is debris left on the windshield. When the rubber is supple it should wipe everything off, but once it starts to get hard it will slide over debris. You can also visually inspect the rubber of the wiper and see if it is starting to crack or degrade.
Second sign is that in bad weather the wipers won’t remove all the snow or water. Your view will be obstructed.
Third is the noise. That annoying screeching noise as the blades pass on the windshield. If your wipers are making any more noise than the motor going on and off its time to change them out!
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