How Rain can Affect your Car

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in News

How Rain can Affect your Car

Over the coming Autumn months, the weather will be turning increasingly rainy, meaning wetter roads and difficult driving conditions at times. Whilst safe driving should ensure you don’t need to worry too much when it rains, it is always wise to be aware of the different risk factors involved with wet weather. In this blog we are going to be talking about the way rain can affect your car and the way it performs on the roads.

Rainwater on the Headlights
Whilst headlights are manufactured with a watertight seal, wear and tear can cause this seal to become vulnerable to water intake. This often causes condensation inside the light, which can lead to the light’s beam being scattered. This can affect the brightness of the lamp, posing a risk to yourself and other drivers. If you find water mist you should turn on the headlight and turn on the far-lit lamp, if the issue remains you should then look into asking for professional help.

Driver’s Vision
Your windscreen wipers may seem a simple component in the car but any failure could result in low visibility which is of course a big danger on the roads. If the weather gets so bad that your windscreen wipers receive damage, you should take action as soon as possible. If it is simply the wipers that are damaged, you will be able to buy new ones and fit them easily. However, if it’s a hydraulics failure, you may need the help of a garage.

You should always be cautious to not drive too fast when it has been raining heavily. This is due to the fact that your tyres can lose contact with the road when driving fast over standing water. This causes you to then lose steering control, known as aquaplaning. If this does happen, you should hold the steering wheel lightly and lift off the throttle until the tyres regain grip.

Here at Off Rhodes Garage we can carry out repairs if rain has caused damage to your car. For more information give us a call on 01748 811 500 or visit