How to Prepare Your Vehicle for Rainy Season
It’s here! Rainy season in Iowa has arrived and since we already know you are prepared for Driving in the Rain, we now we want to focus on making sure your vehicle is as ready as you are! Safe spring driving requires that both the car and the driver are focused and ready for whatever the roads and weather may throw at them. That’s where we come in. Here are four LOF-Xpress™ approved quick tips for how to prepare your vehicle for rainy season!
- Check the quality and condition of your tires.
Do not underestimate the importance of good traction for the slippery roads. 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. Make sure that your vehicle’s tires are appropriate for the weather conditions that you will encounter.
Winter driving is hard on your vehicle’s tires. Aligning and rotating your vehicle’s tires ensures safer wearing and will get the best life out of the tires.
TIP: If you were using winter tires, remove them altogether and replace them with all-season or summer tires.
- Check your brakes.
Coming to a complete stop in rainy conditions takes longer than it does on dry roadways. With wet weather upon us, it’s important to keep brakes in optimal condition. In an effort 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 warrants an immediate inspection.
- Fill the Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir and Check Wipers
Your windshield wipers will be doing double duty during rainy weather. Top off the fluid and make sure you have a set of good blades on your car. Windshield wipers tend to take a beating during the winter, so it may be best to replace them all together. New wipers will improve visibility and reduce the risk of an accident.
- Maintain Headlights
When rainy weather hits, 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. Make sure all your lights – including headlights, taillights, turn signals and brake lights – are working and the plastic lenses are clean and clear. Also remember that the law requires drivers to turn on headlights when using their windshield wipers.