Humidity’s rising and the barometers getting low, but don’t rip up the roof and stay in bed just yet. Unlike Geri Halliwell’s 2001 chart topper, it’s been raining, well, rain for the past few months. We are not talking about the docile splatters you see in romantic movies, we are talking about Doomsday level of downpour. How do you commute safely in your car in such harsh conditions?
1. Lights , Wipers, and Action!
Seeing is believing, and you best believe that visual clarity makes all the difference in such difficult driving conditions. Make sure that your wipers, headlamps and fog lamps work and they are at their best. Bad wipers will not wash away the water on the windscreen, but will cause streaks that hampers visibility. And burnt out fuse on your headlamps will not only limit your visibility in the rain, even in daytime, but also might give the Illusion that you’re a motorcycle to other motorists.
2. A little distance goes a long way
When there’s moisture on the road, braking distance increases drastically and therefore keeping a safe distance between cars can mean the difference between getting home to a hot cup of tea, or sitting drenched in the police station, writing an accident report form. So keep at least twice the distance between your car and the car in front of you during a drive in the rain.
3. Groovy tyres makes for a safe journey
Tyre grooves act as water ducts to channel the water between tyre and tarmac, allowing the rubber to contact the road. When your tyre wears out, the grooves get smaller; therefore less water is channelled out. This will affect everything from braking, steering, and even acceleration. So make sure your tyres are in their best shape.
4. Right tyre pressure
We had mention the effects of tyre pressure before in our previous article, which you can read here, but here’s a refresher. The right tyre pressure will ensure that the entire tyre’s ‘face’ sits on the road as it’s intended to. If the tyres overinflated, then there won’t be enough contact surface to the road. If it’s under inflated, then there will be too much, causing uneven wear and even worst, aquaplaning. Which means the tyre skips across the water surface instead of cutting through it, causing the vehicle to loose control.
5. When the tyres align
Wheel alignment is done to ensure the tyres are pointing at the right direction, always. Misaligned tyres will cause to swerve when you hit a puddle of water, or even loose control. Not to mention the uneven tyre wear that will be resulted due to poor wheel alignment. Make sure your car’s wheels are aligned by a professional team, to ensure you get the best use of your tyres and you stay safe on the road.
These 5 simple tips will aid you in your commute during this wet season. Most of them can be as simple as a visual inspection or a minor change in driving habits. For assistance in other vehicle maintenance related tips, contact the MisterTyre team now by downloading their app from either Google Playstore or Apple ITunes, and let the pros assist you.