Did you know it rains about 70 days a year in Charlotte? That’s almost 20% of the year! Is your car prepared to face a rainy day? Here are some important factors to think about before driving in the rain:
- Tire Tread Depth
Tire Tread Depth is important on any day, but it plays an even more important role when the roads are wet. The gaps between your tire and the road that your tire tread creates is what prevents you from losing control and hydroplaning.
- Windshield Wipers
This one may seem a bit obvious, but Windshield Wipers are one of those things that you really don’t think about unless you try and use them. Wipers usually should be replaced every six months, but that can vary by quality and usage.
In North Carolina, it is law to turn on your Headlights when your Windshield Wipers are in use. This law is in place not so much so you can see in the rain, but so others can see you. If you have headlight/taillight/daytime runner out, you may be harder to see and possibly more likely to be hit.
- How You’re Driving
When driving in the rain, you should allow for more following distance and slow down. This allows you more time to stop should something in front of you happen. Additionally, your vehicles automation devices – cruise control for example – may not work as well during the rain.
If you have any concerns with your vehicle, please stop by Manchester Auto and Tire of Mint Hill or give Ken a call at 704-545-4597.