A Tennessee rain during the warm spring and summer months can be a light drizzle, steady soaking rain, or a heavy downpour. But no matter what kind of rain, it can make driving a challenge. This is especially true if your luxury vehicle isn’t prepared. Don’t be caught unaware. Be proactive in getting your car ready to face the inevitable rain. Learn about five things to check and remedy to make driving in the driving rain or drizzle much safer for you and your family.
#1 Check Your Battery
No one likes dealing with a dead battery on the side of the road. But it’s even worse if the car stalls in the rain. Humidity can cause corrosion to batteries. (Humidity? In Tennessee? Pretty much guaranteed!) And driving during rainy conditions can tax the batteries more than ideal driving conditions. Dead batteries are easily prevented. So get your battery tested and, if necessary, replace it. Many auto shops will test your battery for free. If it’s got plenty of juice, drive confidently. And, if not, you have the opportunity to replace it before it leaves you stranded in the rain.
#2 Check Your Tires
The condition of your tires is one of the most important aspects of driving in wet conditions. Improperly inflated tires or, even more hazardous, worn-out tires with little-to-no tread could cause big problems. If your rubber is not able to grip the road because of slick conditions, you could hydroplane, losing contact with the road and control of your vehicle. Prevent this dangerous situation by ensuring your tires have sufficient tread. If they are unevenly wearing or don’t have deep treads and good traction, replace them.
#3 Check Your Windshield and Wipers
Good visibility is essential for driving. Rain makes that more difficult. It’s even more challenging if your windshield is dirty, if it doesn’t bead the water, or if the wiper blades are inefficient at clearing the water. Clean your windshields (front and back), along with the side view mirrors. Apply a water repellant designed for windshield use. This causes the rain to bead and improves visibility tremendously.
If your wiper blades are making a dreadful squeaking sound, streaking, or just not doing a good job at cleaning your windshield, replace them. They are easy and inexpensive and could make a huge difference in staying safe during rainy conditions.
#4 Check Your Headlights
Headlights aren’t just important to help you see during a storm, they also help your luxury vehicle be more visible to other drivers around you. The brightness of your headlights can become dim or dull due to grimy, dingy, or cloudy headlight covers. Polish the lights with a soft toothbrush, baking soda, and water to remove the buildup. If you find your headlights are still too dim to improve visibility or be seen by others, replace the bulbs. And, remember, whether it’s night or during the day, if your wipers are on, your headlights should be on, too.
#5 Check Your Brakes
Have your brakes inspected by a mechanic you trust. You may not always be able to feel how much you have left in the life of your brakes. And you certainly don’t want to find out when the weather is bad. Driving in slippery conditions means your car takes longer to stop once you apply the brakes. So give yourself plenty of distance and make sure your brakes are up to the task.
If Driving in the Rain Ends With a Ding…
Most days, driving in the rain is fine, especially if you check and take care of your vehicle with these five tips. But sometimes accidents happen. Whether someone else was at fault or the weather just bested you this time, European Collision Repair is here to get your luxury vehicle back in a beautiful and safe condition. European Collision Repair is committed to keeping your luxury vehicle body in top condition. Call to schedule an appointment or use our online or phone feature to start y