Keeping Your Car Safe in Wet Weather

Keeping Your Car Safe in Wet Weather

Wet Weather

The forecast is in, and it looks like a wet Autumn for British Columbia. Considering the summer has been a wet one, the area could use a break. No such luck, so keep the umbrella and rain gear handy, and don’t forget about your car. Just because it is meant to be outside does not mean your vehicle should be left to the mercy of the elements.

Wet Weather Outlook

Long range forecasts for Canada have the nation warm and dry for Fall 2016, unless you live in British Columbia which is expected to be wetter than normal. An active storm pattern will cause a regular soaking of areas along the Pacific Coast, and the rains will increase as Autumn gets closer to Winter, making the second half of the season even wetter than the first half. The wet weather may even continue into the Winter.

Auto Tips

It goes without saying that a rainy forecast is a good pre-planning tool for anyone being outside. This includes car safety. Of course, you should be careful when driving in wet weather, but most people probably don’t realize just how dangerous it is, or they would not continue driving so fast. Whether it is a drizzle or a downpour, rain obstructs your vision and causes slippery roads. When automotive news forecasts a wet one, there are things to help you stay safer.

• Take Control
This means don’t use cruise control. A nice feature when the sun is shining, cruise control is a potential hazard in the rain. The feature allows the vehicle to go at its own pace, but when roads are wet, the driver needs to have stop and go options quickly. Cruise control limits the driver’s ability.
• Check the Tires
Old or worn tires don’t have as much tread as newer ones, which means they don’t have as much “grip.” With worn tires, the grooves between treads are not deep enough to push water through and away from the car. If that happens, the vehicle could skim the water instead of go through it, and it could end up hydroplaning. Worn down tires also limit the car’s ability to stop properly.
• Check Wipers
They are so effective and so inexpensive, but many people let their windshield wipers go from good to bad to barely working before they change them. This is dangerous in rainy weather. Replace those windshield wipers before they go bad. Sometimes, a driver replaces blades that go bad again very quickly. In that case, the wiper blade motor could be bad, which means the car may need a once over by a mechanic. In either case, the windshield wipers should be in perfect working order before the rain beings to fall.

Safety First

Automotive news generally focuses on things like gas prices an changes in automobile manufacturing, but it should include the weather forecast as well. Considering how weather changes in British Columbia, it’s best to be prepared with a well-maintained vehicle, but if routine maintenance is becoming expensive and too frequent, perhaps it’s time for a change. Instead of dumping money into a car that continues to have problems, consider finding a great deal on a new vehicle that will keep you safe on the road when the sun is shining and when the rain is pouring.