Determine the quality of your tires. The treads on your tires are the most important component of driving in the rain because they help divert water on the roadways while you drive.
How do you know if the treads on your tires are too worn out? We recommend trying the “penny test.” Take a penny and insert it in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside-down. If you cannot see Lincoln’s hair, your tread is in good shape. If you are able to see his hair, you should start considering new tires. If you can see the top of his head, you must replace your tires immediately.
If you think your tread is questionable, it is time to look into whether or not you need new tires and if those tires should be dedicated rain tires.
Test your windshield wipers. Clearing water and dirt from your windshield can make all the difference when you get caught driving in the rain.
Before you test your windshield wipers, clean them with soap and water and replace your wiper fluid. Next, mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of flour and splash your windshield with the mixture. Examine how well the windshield wipers eliminate the mixture without using wiper fluid. Do they smear the mixture in both directions? Do the wipers only clean in one direction? If so, your wipers are moderately worn and will not be sufficient for driving in the rain.
Next, try using wiper fluid. If your wipers still cannot clean the mixture from your windshield, you need to replace your windshield wipers immediately.
We also recommend cleaning your windshield regularly using an anti-beading cleaner to help maintain the life of your windshield wipers.
Get your brakes checked. Even in dry weather, a car going at the speed of 60 MPH needs the length of almost an entire football field (100 yards) to stop completely – and that’s when your brakes are working properly. Imagine how much time and space you will need to stop when it is raining.