Although it is a common weather feature for most of the United States, rainfall can affect car performance, ranging from brake damages to fuel efficiency. Knowing and understanding the mechanical limitations and qualities of your vehicle can help you stay safe when the weather turns for the worse. In addition to understanding what kinds of damages can occur or what sort of conditions the parts of the vehicle can go through, knowing whether or not that vehicle will return to normal functioning can provide peace of mind in any questionable rainfall scenario.
The brakes on a vehicle are, perhaps, the greatest concern for a driver. Brakes can easily become affected by rainstorms, as brakes can soak up water. Whether driving through a storm or through a deep puddle, drivers should pay extra caution to their brakes when in wet conditions. Normally, the water trapped in the brakes can be removed by normal use, but slipping can still occur for a short time after they begin to dry. In most situations, there is no long-term damage. However, if problems persist, there may have been other damages done to the vehicle than just the brakes.
Fuel economy suffers in rainstorms as well, as the texture of a rain-covered car is less aerodynamic and the additional weight can affect performance over long distances. While these may seem like slight changes, some travelers attest to losing over five miles per gallon on lengthy trips, which can eventually cost anyone a significant sum. Additionally, the cooler air associated with rainfall makes the car’s combustion process more difficult, which can help explain a loss in fuel economy.
Among these problems, significant rainwater can cause body damages, and, if a flood develops, can ruin a car. If you would like to learn more about how defective parts can fail, and what you can do if this does happen, contact an auto defect lawyer.