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The rainy season is officially upon us and is expected to last the next few months. During this period, we can expect varying levels of rainfall throughout the country. Although a welcomed change from the sun, the rainy season does bring with it some concerns for motor vehicles. It is important that as a driver, your motor vehicle is mechanically sound so that you and your loved ones remain safe while driving.
1. Avoid skidding, check your tyres – Tyres can be counted as your vehicle’s shoes and the same way shoes with worn soles give you less traction when you walk, worn tyres will give you less traction on the road, particularly wet roads during the rainy season. Your tyres are designed to run on any surface, wet or dry and they do this by displacing the water throughout the treads. If your tyres are worn and the treads are not visible, you should consider replacing them immediately and avoid driving your vehicle until this has been done.
2. Clean headlights are bright headlights – Headlights are not only used to provide illumination during the nighttime, but in rainy conditions as well. Intense rainfall can reduce driving visibility considerably and prevent you from seeing ahead, as well as prevent other drivers from seeing your vehicle.
If your headlights appear dull and the external glass looks opaque, consider having them professionally polished and restored. Dull/opaque headlights provide very dim light, and this can reduce your visibility when driving through heavy rainfall or through darkness.
3. It might be time for new windshield wipers – Windshield wipers maintain your visibility on the road during rainfall by rapidly displacing rain drops from your windscreen. However worn or old windshield wipers are less effective at this job and may not clear your windshield in time. During heavy rain, worn windshield wipers can mean the difference between seeing the object in front of you or not, and this is hazardous.
Perform a check on your wipers. If the blades are brittle or leave streaks on your windshield when used, replace them immediately as their effectiveness may be compromised.
4. Are your brake pads working well? – Brakes allow vehicles to slow down or come to a complete stop. However, when driving through rain, the effectiveness of your brakes diminishes and it takes a longer time to come to a complete stop, when compared to driving in dry conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that your brakes are completely functional in time for the rainy season.
If you find that your brakes are squeaking or not slowing down your vehicle as quickly, consult with a mechanic or a technician to determine if they need replacing.
5. Always have an emergency kit – An emergency kit for your vehicle is an important tool to have, especially during the rainy weather when chances of mechanical failure are higher. This kit should contain the following items: screwdrivers, jumper cables, a flashlight, a road map, a spare tyre, a car jack, antifreeze, washer fluid, and a cannister of emergency fuel.
This list can be expanded to include any other item you think would be important in the event of motor vehicular failure. Always keep your emergency kit in a safe and secure location in your vehicle, such as in your trunk.
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We thank you for joining us for this week’s article and we hope that these motor vehicle tips are useful to you this rainy season. Please join us again next week for more!