If you are a movie buff, you would know how cool it looks to simply storm off in your car while it’s raining. However, in real life, you can’t just hop inside your luxury car and take off. Instead, you need to follow a couple of steps before driving to make sure you don’t get stuck in the rain.
Apart from the daily challenges that come with driving, the monsoon season makes it a little harder to drive with low visibility, water getting inside the car, and the brakes failing. Additionally, not all of us can expertly maneuver our vehicles in the rainy season. Here are some dos and don’ts of driving your luxury car in the rain.
1. Double Check Car Tires
The rainy season is a test for tires. Before starting your engine, check your tires for treads. Tires treads are extremely important in rainy seasons. They operate as channels to remove excess water and enable excellent rubber-to-road contact. However, old tires can put your life at risk as they are incompetent to disperse water and maintain non-slippery contact with the road. They are also more susceptible to punctures and bursting.
Always ensure the tires have optimal pressure to facilitate comfortable driving. Make sure the tire pressure is suitable according to the weather.
2. Ensure Wipers Are In Mint Condition
The last thing you would want when driving in the rain is streaks on your windshield that can cause light refractions and obstruct your view. Before driving, make sure your wiper blades are clean and working properly. If your car has washers, ensure they are not clogged with mud and refill them with clean water or a glass cleaner.
3. Check If the Air Conditioner Is Working Properly
You don’t want to destroy your luxury car’s seats by rolling down the windows while it’s raining. The air will soon get heavy if your air conditioner is not properly circulating the air. The stale circulated air will create humidity. Make sure your air conditioners are always working, so even if you get stuck on the road, you can breathe clean air. However, make sure the temperature of the car always matches the outside temperature as otherwise, it will cause fog, and fogged windows and windshields are extremely dangerous in the rainy season.
4. Ensure the Headlights Are Bright Enough
Low visibility is a common issue during the monsoon season. Before you head out in the rain, always check if your headlights, fog lights, tail lights, hazard lights, and blinkers all are working properly. Even though light travels through water, heavy spells of rain with different directions make it harder to see what’s ahead.
It is advisable to keep the cabin lights and fog lights on with low visibility. Always put on hazard lights if you are stuck or your car is not moving so the driver behind you slows their speed.
5. A Slow Rain Calls For A Slower Drive
While it’s tempting to push the accelerators of your exotic car a little harder, it is extremely dangerous to do so during the rainy season. During heavy downpours, many roads get submerged in water, making it harder for pedestrians and drivers to look out for open potholes, bumps, and cracks that might prove deadly. Even if the roads are smooth, the chances of accidents due to losing control and bumping into another car are always high because of wet roads. They make it harder for the tires to get a grip resulting in accidents. Drive slowly to prevent accidents.
6. Maintain a Safe Distance
Always maintain a safe distance not only on dry roads but especially when you are driving on wet roads. The ideal distance is called a “2 seconds gap”, and it should be double during the rainy season to avoid bumping into another car and causing accidents. If the car in front of you suddenly halts, you will have at least 4 seconds to press the brakes and avoid an accident.
7. Always Be Careful At Turns & Look Out For Puddles and Standing Water
When you are approaching a turn, always slow your car’s speed because you never know how deadly a turn can be. Overspeeding while turning can cause you to drift, and drifting only looks good in Hollywood films, not while you’re driving in the rain.
Additionally, make sure you are driving slowly around puddles and in standing water to avoid any untoward accidents.
The Final Word
It’s tempting to drive a luxury car in the rain, but make sure you follow all the safety rules and tips to ensure safe driving. While you may dream of a “fast and furious” moment in real life, driving safely is imperative.
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