Driving through the rain may sound simple, but it is not. It can easily escalate stress and anxiety especially if you are just fresh from a driving school. This can in turn put you and your passengers in danger. Your best bet is to therefore take all the necessary precautions before driving. That is because weather conditions, whether extreme or mild, always call for accurate judgement skills. Common sense may also play a big role if one is to be certain of safe navigation through tricky weather conditions. So what exactly does it take to drive through a storm or even a hurricane?
Your tires will at some point become bald or just lose their grip. This is mostly because of wear and tear. You therefore have to make plans to change your tires regularly. Then always keep in mind that absence of friction on your tires will always negate the effect of your car’s brakes. This will create high chances of both aquaplaning and hydroplaning. The only way to beat such setbacks is to buy spare tires before the rainy season. If possible, replace all tires before monsoon sets in. This may cost you, but you won’t regret it. You will after all, be keeping safety on top of your priority list during the season.
There is no way you can drive through wet conditions without functional wipers. That would be outright suicidal. That said and done, make plans to inspect your wipers before setting off for a long road trip. Then note that the normal lifespan of most wipers is approximately 5500 miles. After that, they tend to wear down or completely break down. Older wipers are worse because they turn brittle and incapable or shifting rain water off the windshield. This brings up poor visibility issues and increases chances of one getting involved in an accident. Fortunately, there is always something you can do to save yourself from an unpleasant surprise occasioned by dysfunctional wipers. Simply keep an additional set of wipers in your trunk.
Old rubber linings
There is something about rubber and too much exposure to the sun that should get you concerned. Rubber simply becomes weak when exposed to the sun or even heat for a long time. This simply means that you should consider changing the rubber lining of your windshield and doors at least once every three years. That way, you can prevent leakage of rainwater and keep rust at bay.
Using water repellents
Not so many people consider use of water repellents as important. They are of course important. All you need to do is spray your windshield with a thin layer of a water repellent solution before the monsoon season. The solution is stain free and always goes a long way to improve visual clarity.
Replacing car parts
Most driving lessons in Malden will highlight that learning drivers should learn a thing or two about important car parts replacements. You will need to learn what it takes to replace defective components on time. It may be up to however, to learn a few things on your own later. The good thing however is the fact that you can always take advantage of your driving instructor and ask him or her one or two things about all the important replacements one must take into account before the rainy seasons. These include broken windshield replacements, electronic central locking system maintenance, window regulating mechanism and more.
This could be the first thing you will learn in your driving lesson – speed is dangerous. It is lethal in wet and foggy conditions. The rule here is simple, drive slowly and have your fog lights on so as to ensure other motorists see you. Remember, safety first!