How a motorist prepares for the rain could determine to what extent he’ll have a happy motoring
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rrival of the rain is greeted with drastic changes in the weather and lifestyle. To avoid motoring troubles and pains during the coming deluge, motorists need to check electrics, brakes and tyres.
Vehicles use of electrical energy increases considerably in the rain.
It is, therefore, vital to ensure your car battery is in good condition. If not, replace it.
Ensure that all bulbs are alive. Replace all dead brake lights, headlights, turn signals and tail lights and check them as always before embarking on a journey.
Wind shield wiper and blades should also be checked for proper functioning
Stopping distance also increase significantly in the rain. So ensure that brakes are in good order. For modern vehicles, it is advisable to visit a workshop, and ensure that diagnostic machine is used to reveal true conditions of your automobile electrics and brakes.
Being the only part of the vehicle that has direct contact with the road, tyres need special attention during the raining season. It is one auto-part that should never, ever be compromised.
It is dangerous to drive on an over-inflated or under-inflated tyre, even on a wet road.
Whenever it is raining, it is more important to strictly comply with traffic rules and regulations. Because of poor visibility during such period, avoid speeding into a roundabout, even when you have right of way.
Ensure proper maintenance of your vehicle, because the vehicle condition is paramount especially during the rainy season.
If the tyre is too worn-out, road grip is easily lost on a wet road, and depending on level of baldness, a car can easily slip or aquaplane, when the brake is applied on a wet road. Whereas, good thread help your tyres to slice through a wet road without aquaplaning.
This is how far we shall go on this special raining season edition of Motoring Advice, only in Motoring World International.
And think about this: Even when all your electrics, brakes and tyres are in order, do you know that motoring on a wet road or during a downpour could still be dangerous? Yes, it could.
It is next week Monday I shall take you through techniques of driving safely on a wet road and even when it is pouring down heavily. Ensure you never miss any edition of Motoring World International. And be careful out there.