Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Today's weather brought slick roads, making driving conditions less than ideal.

"When it starts raining and it's miserable like it is outside we do tend to get a lot more customers in her," Chris Ayers said.

Ayers works in the service shop of Dick Dyer Toyota in Columbia.

He said he sees many cars where the rubber doesn't meet the road.

"The less rubber you have the more treacherous it's going to be so the higher chances of hydroplaning and not being able to recover. And also just trying to stay on the road," he said.

Ayers said the most important parts of the car while driving on slick roads Are the tires.

But sometimes tires can be expensive to replace.

"If you can't afford four tires, then you want to try to replace two," Ayers said. "If you can't afford two tires, then try to replace one. The more that you have on there --newer tires -- the better off you're going to be."

Another critical part of driving in wet weather is being able to brake safely.

"If you have a pulsation in the steering wheel where the steering wheel is shaking when you're breaking, that's a good time to come in and have us check it out." Ayers said. "Sometimes the rotors, the piece of metal that the actual pad gets slapped against, will become warped and instead of being nice and smooth, it's rigid. "

Sometimes you can actually hear when you need new brakes.

"Typically when you hear a squeak that kind of tells you it's almost time to replace your brake pads. Sometimes you can have debris inside the pad, like dirt and stuff, that will cause the break to squeal. "

Whether you're on the highways or byways, making it home safely is always the best route.

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