During this time of year, you may see a lot of rain in Eugene, OR. As we enter the spring, is your car prepared to take on the rain showers (and potential flooding)? Below are some tips to follow that will ensure you can safely navigate your car in the rain.
Tip #1: Replace your windshield wipers
Most experts recommend replacing your wiper blades every year or six months. Driving with new wipers can make a world of difference in your line of sight. In fact, worn wipers can leave behind streaks of water and make your vision worse. Therefore, it's best to replace your wipers rather than take the risk of driving with bad ones.
Tip #2: Monitor your tire tread
You'll need enough tread to channel the rainwater away from your car properly. Without proper tire tread, you can face hazards like hydroplaning. Luckily, you can easily check your tread by doing the penny test.
Tip #3: Test your headlights
Your headlights help you see, no matter what time of day it is or weather condition you're driving in. There's various tests you can do that are all easy. If they're dull or uneven, there's also many solutions to fix the problem.
Tip #4: Don't be afraid to use your hazard lights
If you can’t see properly through heavy rain or fog, odds are other drivers can't either. You should slow down when you have trouble seeing. And if you need to pull over, don't hesitate to put on those hazards. You should always trust your instincts and don't feel pressured to keep going when conditions are unsafe.
If you are not sure whether your car, SUV, or truck can handle heavy rains, please feel free to give Small World Auto Repair a call or visit. You can also schedule your spring and summer maintenance online with us today.