We've already gotten some much-needed rain this winter in Simi Valley, and it looks like there are more wet days ahead. In Southern California especially, driving in the rain typically leads to more accidents and automotive repairs because people around here don't have as much experience with this type of weather.
In this article, we will review some simple winter car care tips that will keep your car running well in this weather and will help keep you safe while on the road.
1. Check Your Tires
If your tires are really worn, you are more likely to skid and hydroplane. Those grooves are designed to channel water and maintain better traction on wet roads, so make sure your tires are in good shape and rotated regularly to keep the wear even. Keep your spare tire properly inflated in case you need it. Last but certainly not least, have your wheel alignment checked.
2. Take Care of Your Windshield
Obviously, make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and that you regularly clean your windshield for optimal visibility. Don't forget about your rear and side windows, as well!
3. Wash and Wax Your Car
This may seem pointless if it's going to rain, but keeping the car clean and waxed will help prevent damage to the paint.
4. Check Your Seals and Belts
Seals around doors, windows, trunks and hoods can deteriorate with time (especially if there's a lot of water damage). Check your seals to avoid leaks and prevent further damage to the car's interior or within the engine compartment. Likewise, make sure your engine and fan belts are nice and tight. If you hear a lot of squeaks and squealing while you are driving, you may want to have the belts checked.
5. Inspect Under the Car
All that water on the road can kick up a lot of nasty grease and grit. This could weaken your brakes and any minor leaks/cracks can cause major problems if a lot of extra water is seeping in.
6. Check Your Battery
A lot of rain and extra humidity can put a little extra drain on your battery, so get it tested. If your lights start to dim or the car takes longer to start in the morning, it could be a sign of a battery problem.
7. Keep an Emergency Road Kit
A flashlight, jumper cables, tow cable, rain poncho and emergency contact numbers are just a few things to keep in your car in case you have roadside problems. Few things can be worse than being stranded on the side of the freeway in the rain.
The rainy season is upon us and the folks at Bill's Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley want to make sure you are safe and that your car is performing as well as possible on the wetter roads. If you need any automotive services such as tire rotations, oil changes, windshield wiper replacements, battery tests/replacements or brake service, just contact us today and we'll get you back on the road safely.