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How Rainy Weather Can Affect Your Vehicle

If you live in an area that rains or experiences heavy floodwaters, then you’re probably more cautious when driving on the road. You can do your best to avoid obstacles and watch for other drivers, but sometimes there are situations that you may not be prepared for. Rain can be a major cause for electrical problems and other malfunctions, which can be dangerous for you and the people driving near you as well. In this blog, we have listed a few ways rain can affect your vehicle, including ways you can counter the problem too.

Engine & Electrical Systems

Driving through floodwaters can be a risk for blowing your engine. Instead of taking a chance and flooring it through the water, its best to turn off your engine and wait it out. Similarly, water can seep past the rubber molding on your doors and windshield, which can cause damage to your electrical system and soak the inside of your cab.

Tires & Brakes

Worn out tires can be a hazard on the road since you won’t have as much traction to the ground beneath you. With rainy roads, this may cause you to hydroplane and lose control of your vehicle altogether. To avoid this situation, change your tires before the rainy season begins. In addition, you will want to check your brakes. You want your brakes at optimal performance, especially if your driving in the rain on residential streets where you’re constantly stopping and accelerating.

Safety Checks

Here is a list of safety checks to follow to prepare your vehicle for rainy weather:

• Check rubber molding and windshield wipers for cracks
• Make sure brakes are working well so you have enough distance to stop on slick roads
• Be sure that brake and headlights are clear and bright
• Check tires for good tread to avoid slipping and sliding

Conclusion

Prepping your car for rainy weather is easy when you have a team of professional mechanics to help you. When you contact us at H.W. Automotive Inc, you can be confident that your automotive service is completed on time and up to industry standards. For more information on the list of services we provide, visit our website and make an appointment for your vehicle today!

3 Things to Keep in Mind When Driving In the Rain


When it comes to driving in the rain, most people believe they’re ready to deal with the weather properly. However, the number of car accidents increases during rainy weather and it seems that the understanding of how to drive safely goes out the window. Continue reading to refresh your memory on three of the biggest things to remember when driving in the rain. 

Car driving quickly through a puddle with a splash.
Car driving quickly through a puddle.

Standing Water

For kids, puddles can be fun to jump in, while the story changes significantly for adults driving through standing water on the road. In an ideal world, you’d be able to avoid the puddle altogether; however, that’s not always the case in life. If it does come down to driving through standing water, slow down to save your car’s engine and brakes. By speeding through a patch of standing water, you also potentially risk hydroplaning and losing control of your car. Don’t let that happen to you!

Give Yourself Extra Time

To really ensure that you stay safe in the rain, you should get into the habit of giving yourself extra travel time for your commute. While it can be frustrating to leave home earlier, it is better than rushing while driving, which puts not only your life, but those of others at risk. Keep in mind that car accidents have a higher chance of occurrence when the weather is bad and drivers on the road refuse to slow down.

Close-up of the cruise control button on a steering wheel.
Close-up of the cruise control button.

Avoid Cruising with Cruise Control

This one can seem counter-intuitive and yet completely reasonable at the same time. If you think that traveling in the rain at a set speed could be a good thing, then remember what would happen if you were to end up hydroplaning. You could actually speed up, which is the complete opposite of what you want to happen! Also it should go without saying that keeping your feet far away from the pedals during a rainstorm isn’t the greatest idea, since you would need to be able to hit your brakes quickly and intermittently.

Conclusion

When it comes to driving in the rain, you should always practice a higher level of cautious driving for sure, but remembering these three things especially can help save your life and your car’s life. To ensure your car is ready for all types of weather or to repair some damage from your last trip, come in to see our car experts today!

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