In those months of the year when rain is a good likelihood, you might want to make sure that your car is ready to take on the weather. Here are some tips on getting your car ready for the rain.
Check Your Brake Condition
You might opt to take your car in for a brakes check right before the rainy season hits; it's a good idea anyway to get your braking condition checked at least once a year. Your mechanic should ensure that all brakes have a good lifespan left on them and that the brakes are fairly even; a brake that's much weaker than the others can be a huge hazard. If you do need one or two brakes replaced, it may be a good idea to get them all done at once to avoid uneven wear.
Even if your brakes check out this time, be aware of your brake performance as you drive. If you notice that the brakes keep slipping in the rain, it could mean that you should get the brake pads replaced or have the bracing adjusted on your brakes. Some cars come with an indicator light that comes on when the brakes are slipping in a hazardous way. If you notice this light at any time, definitely reconsider having your brakes repaired.
Check Your Tires' Condition
Your tire tread is another key to safely driving in the rain; having the correct friction on your tires will help you brake effectively by gently slowing your pace. An auto repair center will check tire pressure and tread when you go in for a regularly scheduled maintenance trip.
Adjust Your Driving Strategy Accordingly
There are several things that you can do as a driver to make sure you and your passengers stay safe. First, you'll want to adjust your safe driving distance to stay 10-20 feet further from other cars than you usually do; this will give your car more time to stop, since the brakes may not be performing at full capacity. This extra distance is especially important as you are traveling downhill in your vehicle, since your momentum may be harder to stop. You might want to review the safe driving distances from your licensing exam and be sure to pay especially close attention to them when driving in the rain. And make sure that your windshield wipers, headlights and tail lights are all working effectively so that you can see obstacles clearly, and other drivers can see you too.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like Benchmark Motors Inc.
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