The need for automotive service increases during the storm
Rain soaked the Central Coast Monday and made roads slick, meaning most auto companies saw an increase in service calls.
“Usually, even for us, the volume at least doubles depending on how heavy the rain is,” said Andrew Wauchope, SLO Tow Manager.
The most common reasons a tow truck is called out during a rainstorm is either a hydroplaning car or a multi-car collision.
“The profile of the tires is low, they can’t shed water and they will slide easily,” explained Wauchope.
Vintage Auto Body Shop owner Rob Grant also described aquaplaning as one of the top reasons customers come to us with rain damage. It’s also one of the most damaging collisions you’ll see.
“When they float plane and lose control, most of these cars are totaled because they’re badly damaged,” Grant said.
When that happens, tow trucks are some of the first on the scene. Some of their busiest days are rainy, especially here in the Golden State.
“You add water and the danger level goes up and it seems like the people of California aren’t doing well in the water,” said Rob Hart, SLO Tow Driver.
The danger level increases for all drivers, including tow truck drivers. In a situation of hazardous weather and poor visibility, the stakes are even higher
“In wet weather there is always a chance someone will slip out and hit you. Any weather is crazy. You always have to be on your toes,” Hart explained.
Across San Luis Obispo, CHP has responded to four collisions, but with rain expected into the evening, those numbers could rise.
Four collisions might seem like a low number for a rainy day in California, but the body shop owner we spoke to says he’s seeing fewer rain-related accidents thanks to vehicle technology that steps in when there’s human error. This body shop also said the technology is why a repair could cost you a little more than it has in years past. The electronic security features are much more expensive to repair.