Before the expected rain arrives this weekend, take a few minutes to inspect your vehicle or have us do it for you. It’s no surprise to many Southern Californian’s that the number of accidents on our freeways and streets spike significantly when it rains. Most accidents could have been avoided by leaving a little extra stopping room or paying closer attention to our surroundings. However, many other accidents can be avoided by maintaining your vehicle properly.
I have listed a few suggested areas to pay attention to before the rain arrives:
Windshield Wipers & Washer Fluid. Keeping a clear view of your surroundings is very important during rain. Make sure you have fresh washer fluid and that your wiper blades are in good condition (are not leaving streaks when turned on).
ABS Braking System. The objective of Anti-Lock Braking system is to prevent the car from skidding when the brakes are applied heavily. You must have your braking system inspected periodically to ensure it is working properly. One area of concern is the brake fluid quality. When brake fluid brakes down it can begin to damage components in the brake system. If you haven’t had your brake system inspected in a while, now would be a good time.
Tires. The rain makes it much more important to pay attention to your tire tread. Also, make sure your tires are properly inflated. This helps to keep the maximum amount of tread on the road and the correct amount of control.
Shocks and Struts. These also play an important role in your vehicle’s ability to avoid accidents. Poor shocks or struts can make your vehicle mushy and less responsive in turns. If you brake and turn sharply, the car may sway too much.
Give us a call today to schedule your vehicle inspection! 619-562-3933