Rain doesn’t typically require making major modifications to your car, but following a few precautions at the start of any rainy season can make driving easier and safer.
Check your tire tread to detect wear: Try the penny test. Insert a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside-down. If you cannot see Lincoln’s hair, then your tread is in good health. Consider new tires if you see his hair. Replace tires soon if you see Lincoln’s head. Have a certified mechanic inspect your tires for uneven wear to eliminate any further complications with your vehicle.
Check your brake pads and brake fluid: Slippery conditions take their toll on brake life. If your car makes any kind of noise -- a high-pitched squeal or a grinding noise -- get your brakes checked immediately by a professional mechanic.
Test your windshield wipers: Clean them and test for proper operation. If they are leaving streaks on your windshield, replace your wipers to be able to maintain a safe field of vision.
Use an anti-water protector: This will help rain water bead up and roll off your windshields and mirrors quickly.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How Do I Prepare My Car for the Rainy Season?.
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