Preparing Your Car for Rainy Weather

We don’t have much of a winter here in Southern California, but it is the time we receive some rain. During the wet weather, there is an added risk and unpleasantness to car trouble.

Imagine being stranded in the rain with car trouble— it is no fun.  Aside from having a good battery, there are a whole host of items that should be well maintained going into a wet winter in California.

Proper Tires: Correct tires will have more traction on the road. It is important to make sure all your tires are in good shape and appropriate for the weather condition ahead.

Maintain your windshield wipers: During the rainy season, our windshield wipers will be working overtime, which is why it is important to make sure to have your windshield wiper fluid is topped off, along with ensuring the wiper blades are in tip-top shape. If needed, replace your smearing wiper blades for better visibility, and always take the time to clean your windshield.

Emergency Gas: Try your best to keep your gas tank relatively full: It is never a good idea to chance it on a near-empty tank, but it is even worse of an idea during the rainy season. It can result in starting and running problems.

Efficient brake system: Have your mechanic make sure that your brakes are in pristine condition, especially if rainy weather is around the corner. Sometimes, your brakes are the only protection between a wet winter wreck on the freeway and avoiding trouble.

Bright headlights: In dark and damp weather, great headlights are an absolute must. If you notice your bulbs are not as bright as they usually are, have your mechanic take a look. Modern Halogen or LED lights are very efficient, if you have an older car, they can be upgraded.

Weatherstripping/ Glass Leaks: It can be very distracting if your windows leak when it rains, especially if you are driving during a storm. Have a professional take a look at your windows and your sunroof if any to make sure there are no leaks, and replace your weatherstripping as needed.

If you think that your vehicle needs a diagnosis, or is due for winter maintenance, schedule an appointment at Escondido Auto Tech at (760) 745-4454 or online at