We’re in the middle of the rainy season here in Houston, Texas, and many drivers are facing wet, slick roads more often than usual. These road conditions can easily cause an accident if your car isn’t functioning as well as it should. As Houston’s leading collision experts, Santa Ana Body Shop knows that staying safe on wet roads is essential, so we’ve listed the top 4 things you should do before driving in the rain:
- Your Headlights
If you plan to be on the road during a rainstorm, you will want to make sure your headlights are functioning properly. If your lights aren’t working at their best, it may be difficult for other cars to see you, which can potentially cause a dangerous accident. Before getting into your vehicle, turn on your headlights and give them a quick inspection. If they are cloudy or dim, it’s best to avoid driving until the weather clears up.
- Your Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are vital to keeping you safe while driving in the rain. Dull or cracked wipers can reduce your visibility and lead to unsafe driving conditions. When you enter your car, turn on the windshield wipers before you begin driving. If they leave behind any streaks or do not remove as much water as they should, do not drive your car. Instead, ask a friend to pick you up or wait until the rain subsides before you hit the road.
- Your Tires
Good tire tread helps your tires grip the road in any weather. However, tire tread is even more important when driving in the rain, as slick roads are more difficult for your tires to grip on to. Before driving, give the tread on each tire a quick test. While a tread depth gauge is the most efficient way to test tire tread, you can also try the “penny test.” To perform this test, insert a penny into the grooves of your tire tread with Lincoln’s head facing downwards. If you can see the top of his head, your tire tread is below what is considered safe, and you should avoid driving on wet roads.
- Your Driving Route
Before driving to your destination, use your smart phone to check your route. Many GPS apps will display real-time road conditions. Check along your entire route to ensure there are no areas of heavy flooding on the way to your destination. If you notice any areas with high water along your route, either wait until the water level drops or use your GPS to help plan another way to reach your destination safely.
As we continue through the rainy season, it’s important that drivers know how to keep themselves safe. Checking these 4 important things before hitting the road can help ensure you will be safe while driving in wet conditions. To ensure your car is in the best working order following a collision, give Santa Ana Body Shop a call at our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001. We are a leading collision center in Houston, Texas.