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How Do I Prepare My Car for the Rainy Season?

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Rain doesn’t typically require making major modifications to your car, but following a few precautions at the start of any rainy season can make driving easier and safer.

  • Check your tire tread to detect wear: Try the penny test. Insert a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside-down. If you cannot see Lincoln’s hair, then your tread is in good health. Consider new tires if you see his hair. Replace tires soon if you see Lincoln’s head. Have a certified mechanic inspect your tires for uneven wear to eliminate any further complications with your vehicle.

  • Check your brake pads and brake fluid: Slippery conditions take their toll on brake life. If your car makes any kind of noise -- a high-pitched squeal or a grinding noise -- get your brakes checked immediately by a professional mechanic.

  • Test your windshield wipers: Clean them and test for proper operation. If they are leaving streaks on your windshield, replace your wipers to be able to maintain a safe field of vision.

  • Use an anti-water protector: This will help rain water bead up and roll off your windshields and mirrors quickly.

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