It’s raining here today in the OC, so I thought today would be the perfect day to talk about rain related issues! Many rain-related claims are due to crashes; typically, the vehicle’s condition and driver behavior are contributing factors. Preparing your vehicle and yourself are the best ways to stay safe on the road during the rainy months.
Check your wiper blades. Worm wiper blades can compromise your ability to see the road clearly. Wiper blades usually work effectively for a year at most & sometimes even less. Excessive heat and exposure to the sun’s rays can cause them to crack, tear & harden. If the blades chatter or leave streaks as they move across your windshield, it’s time to get a new set. While you’re checking the blades, fill your windshield washer reservoir and check to see that your heater and defroster are working properly, so you can keep the windshield nice and clear.
Check your tire tread and pressure. Worn ties are more likely to lose contact with the road in a rainstorm, which can cause a loss of steering or braking control. So be sure to properly inflate your tires to ensure that you’ll have the best possible traction.
Make sure your headlights and brake lights are working. Always use your headlights in rainy weather; they improve visibility and they help other drivers see you better. California law requires that your headlights be on when your wipers are operating constantly. The law also requires that you have functioning brake lights, which are especially important in a storm to warn other drivers that you’re slowing down or stopping.
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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI
Past President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900