Tips To Keep Your Vehicle In Shape During And After Heavy Rainfall
Mother nature sure did a number on us Southern California residents this winter producing rainstorm after rainstorm, which of course has been much needed. Since October 1st, the downtown Los Angeles area alone has received up to 13 inches of rain which is a 216% increase than the average amount for this time of year. While this is great for our water supplies, plants, trees, and overall ecosystem – this can put a strain on our vehicles especially if we’re not used to caring for our cars in these conditions, so we’d like to share some helpful tips to keep them in shape during and after a rain storm.
Have Operating Wind Shield Wipers
This is important as wipers clear the windows and give drivers a safe view of the road ahead. With heavy rainfall, wipers are used constantly and can wear easily. The moment you notice that the wipers are not clearing the windshield well, you should have them inspected for cracks, missing pieces, and tears on the rubber squeegee’s. Also, be sure to wipe down your blades to remove dirt, oils, and other things that can cause a build up.
Keep an eye on your tires air pressure. Tires with incorrect air pressure can lead to difficulties in handling and braking – especially during rainfall. Cold temperatures harden the rubber on tires making them more slippery making it even more important to watch the pressure on tires and the treading. Low treading on a tire is extremely dangerous.
Properly Working Brakes
They say that Southern California drivers can’t handle driving in the rain and a lot of that has to do with being able to brake properly during rainfall but braking properly also requires that you have brakes in good condition. Test your brakes to see if they feel soft or spungey – if they do, have them inspected immediately. When driving in the rain, you not only have to brake for speed but also due to other drivers ahead of you who are dealing with the wet roads – and who knows what kind of shape their cars are in to handle wet conditions. What you can do is make sure that your car is in condition during and after a storm.
If you need further assistance in keeping your vehicle in great working condition during this rainy season, stop on by to one of our Southern California Jiffy Lube locations today.
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