The rain that has been pummeling California in recent months has led to property damage, an untold financial toll and numerous injuries. Some of those injuries have occurred as a result of weather-related car accidents. This is unsurprising, as slick roadways, flash flooding and other water-related hazards are well-known contributors to spikes in accident rates.
As the rain is likely to continue off and on for some time, it is important for California motorists to understand how to effectively prepare their vehicles for these conditions. As drought has plagued the state for years, many drivers have been caught unawares by the rain. If your vehicle is not yet outfitted for the seemingly-endless wet weather that the Golden State has been hosting, it is time to be proactive. Making these efforts now could benefit you and your fellow travelers significantly later on.
You’re likely aware that a staggering number of motorists who are involved in accidents are driving vehicles that are outfitted with tires that have been compromised from a safety perspective. If you haven’t recently examined the depth of the tread on your tires, assessed whether they are properly inflated and determined whether their integrity has been compromised in any way, do so now. When it comes to avoiding accidents on slick pavement, safe tires are your first line of defense.
You’ll also want to make sure that your windshield wipers don’t need to be replaced, as you’ll want them to be as effective as possible at protecting your visual field while driving. Additionally, if you haven’t had your brakes and brake pads inspected any time recently, head over to a reliable mechanic. There are few things scarier in life than trying to brake in bad weather and realizing that your brakes are refusing to properly engage.
Don’t take chances with your safety, the safety of your passengers and the safety of those who are traveling around you. Make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive in wet weather so that you don’t end up causing an accident that could have been prevented.