11 Important Car Care Tips for the Rainy Season
The rain season is upon us and it should be business as usual. However, there are a couple of things we ought to do to ensure our vehicles are road worthy in the rainy season. Prevention is better than cure, all the time.
Clear your vehicle windows, headlights and windshields
When driving a vehicle in wet conditions it is important to maintain clear visibility. So, make sure to keep your automobiles windshields, headlights, tail lights, blinkers and windows clean. It is also essential for the safety of drivers and passengers in the vehicle.
Make sure your tyres have good tread
It is important to have perfectly running tyres if you want to enjoy safe rides on the road. Make sure that your wheels have good tread. If they have shallow tyre depths, it won’t be safe to drive it in the monsoon weather condition. Also take care to maintain the right tyre pressure. If your wheels have low pressure, it won’t be able to squeeze the water out of your way while driving.
Make sure to replace the windshield wipers
The idea of driving a vehicle without a windshield wiper is really terrible during wet conditions. When you notice dry, cracked or brittle rubber blades of the wipers, it will dull the visibility in a heavy rainfall. Particularly if you live in a region which receive frequent rains, it is best to replace the auto wipers once a year.
Check your car’s battery life
If you live in an area which receives rainfall every now and then, it will decrease the life of your auto battery. Normally, it will decrease it to 1 to 2 years. So make sure to take good care of your battery. If required, replace it with the new one because batteries tend to get damaged under wet conditions.
Make sure that your vehicle brakes are working well
It is always important to have good working brakes in a vehicle. No matter under what weather condition you drive it. But if you have very wet brakes it will create problems in stopping the automobile effectively. It’s because the grit and grease can decrease the brake efficiency when they splash on the automobile’s undercarriage. Thus, take care that your vehicle’s brakes have sufficient fiction material.
Wash and wax your vehicle properly
Under wet weather conditions it is very difficult to remove dirt marks and water spots from your automobile. However, a good car wash and wax will help in removing the accumulated dirt easily. It will also improve the driving visibility. You can also use water-repellent products to clean windshield and windows.
Always keep an emergency car kit
Normally it is best to stay indoors during monsoon. However, sometimes you may need to leave the house during monsoon weather. In such situations it is best to have an emergency car kit in the automobile.
Look for water leaks
Rubber seals are important to prevent water from getting into your vehicle. So, always check all the rubber seals of your automobile. It is also a great way to prevent corrosion. You should look out for drain holes in your trunk and hood and check that they are not clogged.
Use your vehicle’s air conditioning system
Every vehicle owner knows that clear visibility is highly important while driving an automobile. Therefore, use your car’s air conditioning to prevent your windows and windshield from misting and condensation.
Be cautious and drive slowly during the Rain
Even if are already following all of the above mentioned tips, make sure to drive slowly during the monsoon season. This way you can avoid aquaplaning. Always remember not to hit your brakes suddenly and also double your driving distance. This will help you prevent the vehicle from skidding. Try driving the automobile in the middle lanes as the water most stagnant on the sides.
Don’t park under or close to trees
The rain season often comes with different types of rains and these may cause bad things to happen to our cars. Of late, many people in Harare can attest to finding their cars under an avalanche of fallen tree limbs decimating the car to a shell. You don’t want this and I don’t want it either. Perhaps if you have insurance against that then definitely park your car under the huge jacarandas and you wont cry alone.