This winter season, California is predicted to one of the most intense El Niño storms this coming year. The heavy rainfall is expected to provide some minor drought relief. Residents are being warned to be prepared for the powerful climate change.
Aside from bundling up and always carrying an umbrella, you will need to prep your car to deal with harsh weather conditions. Even if you’re not planning on traveling, performing basic maintenance checks can help prevent and avoid a serious car accident.
Keep you and your loved ones safe by running these basic maintenance checks on your vehicle.
Lights – Make sure the lights on your vehicle are not dim. Headlights dim over time, if they are replace them. Visibility is difficult during heavy rain fall and fog. It’s important that your lights are bright so you can see clearly as well as other vehicles on the road.
Tires – Tires can deflate at a slow pace during winter seasons. Many gas stations offer free air to inflate your tires back to the appropriate tire pressure. It’s also important to inspect your tire treads. If they are worn out replace your tires.
Brakes – You want to avoid sliding across the road due to brake failures. Have your brakes examined by a mechanic and make sure to change them if necessary.
Windshield Wipers – The summer heat can dry up and erode the wiper blades. Come winter rain, your wipers may not be as effective as they once were. It’s best to replaces them before the heavy rainfall.
Battery and Charging Systems – Check you car battery’s health. Cold weather can easily weaken your battery. If you were having issues with your battery over the summer, chances are it will be an even bigger problem this winter. Sudden drops in temperature will cause your car’s battery to stop working.
Check Your Cooling System – A failing cooling system will keep your car from warming up too quickly and affect your gasoline performance. Check your antifreeze/coolant and cooling system performance. If your check engine light remains on, you may have a faulty thermostat that needs to be repaired.
Even if the weather is not as extreme as forecasted, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. Failing to perform basic maintenance checks can cause your car to stall in the middle of the road or not work at all.
Taking the necessary safety precautions will help decreases your chances of being in a traffic collision. Car accident rates go up by 20 percent in rainy weather, do your part to be safe.
If you are in an auto accident, don’t worry. You have options. The personal injury attorneys at Bergener Mirejovsky can assist you with your car accident claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Call for a free 24 hour consultation at 1-800-881-2021.