For the most part, cars are built to endure lots of exposure. Rain should be the least of your worries if you have a newer car, especially since a mild rain cleans off dust, debris, and flecks of mud and makes your car look cleaner. But rain does present a level of danger that changes depending on how much rain you encounter. Read on for advice on how to prepare your car for rain and stay safe during storms.
Should I Put Water-Repelling Products on my Windshield?
You don’t appreciate a windshield treated with water repelling coatings until you drive in the rain with one. Glass is usually smooth enough that water rolls or blows off while the car is moving, but often leave trails and hard water spots. Using a windshield washer fluid with water-repelling chemicals or spraying the windshield with a similar product makes water bead up and slide off quicker and cleaner than untreated glass. As your windshield ages, it will get tiny scratches that will make it less smooth and make visibility during rainy weather decrease. If it’s the difference between seeing clearly and tense, uncertain visibility in a rainstorm, spend a few more dollars and get your windshield treated.
Should I Keep an Umbrella in my Car?
If you can, keep an umbrella with you. There are plenty of inexpensive, telescoping umbrellas that can help you stay dry on your way in and out of the car. Compact umbrellas like this should stay in your car from late winter to late fall. A good place to keep them would be the front door bottle holders or storage compartments if you have them.
Should I Change My Tires Before a Rainy Season?
Any amount of water on any road can present a hazard. You can’t always avoid those hazards, but you can take higher elevation routes, and reduce your speed to make things safer if you get caught in a storm, but how do you prepare for one? Don’t risk going into the rainy season with bald or low-traction tires. It’s cheaper to get a new set of tires than to replace your car if you get into an accident caused by hydroplaning.