MOTORING: "Rainy Season and your Car"

Most drivers dread the long sunny spells or the dusty and hot weather they cause.  Many of us are literary forced to move around with closed windows and ¡°burning¡± ACs.  Sometimes, this will add on to the operating costs of your car, not as much as the inconvenience you would be made to put up with in case the AC was turned off. 
Dangerous
Dangerous

Most drivers dread the long sunny spells or the dusty and hot weather they cause.  Many of us are literary forced to move around with closed windows and ¡°burning¡± ACs.  Sometimes, this will add on to the operating costs of your car, not as much as the inconvenience you would be made to put up with in case the AC was turned off. 

Many people in the tropics may not understand the effect of adverse temperatures but if you talk to residents of the Mediterranean area as well as those around the Arabian Peninsula, where temperatures can soar as high as 50¢ª C, people long for rains in vain!  That said and done, the rainy season can come with its own problems.  Roads get flooded, landslides, poor visibility, slippery roads, engines suck in water, etc.

 From the sunny weather to the cold and rainy weather, motorists should acquaint themselves with the change in weather; they should carefully adjust their driving habits and those of their vehicles to accommodate the change.  Worn out brakes will reduce the effectiveness of your brakes.  As a matter of fact, braking when it is raining, you need to increase your braking efficacy as well as distance. 

It is highly advisable to replace your brake pads or discs, so that you have more reliable and effective breaking systems.  Constant usage of the brake system, water, the brake temperature will increase, resulting in brake weakening or failure. Some of the more serious brake fluid absorption in the brake fluid can see the drops of the fluid lid.

Therefore, vehicle owners should pay attention to or timely check the usual brake fluid, preferably after the rain  or visit professional Service personnel for inspection to prevent future trouble.  Of course, do not forget to check the brake pads, do not wait until they affect the braking or break failure.

Normally during the rains, tyres will require more traction on the road irrespective of what the road surface may be. It is this element that will ensure the safety and security of the vehicle together with its occupants. Strategy, all worn tyres must be replaced and reasonable pressure maintained.  Sometimes, there are specialised sunny and rainy tyres, make sure you have the right type of tyres.

Many vehicle owners normally lower tyre pressure during the rainy season in a bid to increase friction between the tyre and road surface, thereby increasing adhesion; in fact just the opposite happens, doing so is more likely to cause tyres to slip, tyre pressure should be maintained as normal as possible because the car brakes in the rain need a large enough force between the tire and road surface, otherwise the car may not be stopped in the shortest possible time. Soft or too hard tyres may not exert the necessary pressure for breaks to work ideally.

It is highly recommended to wash your vehicle after a heavy downpour, the car wash, helps to remove chemicals or acidity of rain water and any other material that could damage paint on cars. Furthermore, rains wash all sorts of chemicals from factories, the air etc; these can corrode the underside of the car or even the engine. With time, car paint, engine parts and even the chassis will lose their texture as a result of the acids if not well taken care of. The treatment of vehicle paint works with lacquer coating and maintenance can effectively resist the corrosion by rain water and all its agents.

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