Carz R' Us

Singing (and Driving) in the Rain – Prepare Your Vehicle for Spring Rainfall

As you’ve noticed here in Northern Illinois, spring weather can be unpredictable. In the last month alone, we’ve experienced everything from snow and wind to sunshine and rain. While rain doesn’t require the same modifications to your car that you might recommend for snow and ice, following these safety measures at the start of any rainy season will make driving safer and easier for you and your family.

Test your windshield wipers. If they are streaking or you notice rubber pieces starting to disconnect then it is time to replace your windshield wipers.

Have your tires inspected. Tires with inadequate tread can slip on wet surfaces and cause skidding. Treads move water out of the way of the tires so they can still touch the ground. When those grooves get thin and shallow, tires can’t move the water through the grooves, causing hydroplaning, eliminating your ability to steer and brake.

Have your brake pads and brake fluid inspected. Brakes are your vehicle’s most important safety item when driving in the rain. If the brake light is illuminated on the car’s dashboard or you feel that your vehicle is taking longer to stop than necessary, it’s time for the brakes to be checked. Vehicles with wet brakes and wet roads need increased stopping distance so drivers should anticipate this while driving.

Make sure your headlights, taillights and brake lights are working properly. This is important during all driving conditions, but especially important when visibility is limited.

While many of us have our vehicles inspected just before winter, it’s just as important to get your car inspected in the spring. Let the technicians at Carz R’ Us help keep your vehicle in top shape as we spring ahead into the coming months.

Posted in: Brake Lghts, Brake Repair, Tires, Wipers

Leave a Comment (0) ↓