Just a few weeks ago, we were complaining about how hot and humid it is. Now the weather in Malaysia decided to completely change its moods, and it has been raining continuously for the past few days.
As much as we are enjoying the much cooler weather, it is very important for us to note the extra danger that comes with driving in this rainy season. When it is raining, the roads are slippery, our visibility of the road is reduced, and our control over the vehicle may also be affected.
When travelling during the rainy season, the roads are slippery and may cause your car to skid more easily. One very important tip is to check your tyre tread depth frequently, especially before you travel in the heavy rain. A good benchmark is that the tread depth to not be less than 2mm. If you are still unsure about the condition of the tread depth, you can always bring it to a reliable tyre service centre to get it checked.
The rain will definitely make driving a little bit more hazardous as compared to a fine, sunny weather. Hence, it is even more crucial to ensure that your tyre pressure is at its optimum level. This can help protect you from skidding or loss of control over your car on the slippery roads. Here is a helpful guide on how to check and fill your tyre pressure properly.
Our visibility when driving is affected when it comes to heavy rains. In order to help us cope with this problem, we need to make sure our car wipers are in tip top condition. Look out for squeaky sounds, jerky movements or even reduced the efficiency of your wipers. If you notice these signs, it is time for you to upgrade your wipers. You would not want to be driving in the rain with a dysfunctional wiper.
During the rainy season, there is a higher chance of your brakes being affected. One possible problem is the rain water will cause your brake callipers to rust and make squeaky noises. Other than that, your brake pads also have to work extra hard when the roads are wet because of the reduced friction. In order to ensure your safety, it is important to check and maintain your brake condition. You can drop by a service centre to get your brakes checked or replaced if needed.
The last tip is the most basic and crucial of them all. After ensuring your car is in a good condition to face the weather, it is time to do your part. During heavy rains, it is important to keep two hands on the steering wheel to have a better control. Because of the reduced visibility and slippery roads, drive slowly to avoid any unnecessary mishaps.
Now that you have read about the safety tips on how to drive during this rainy season, we wish that you will have safe journeys on the roads no matter rain or shine. Happy Travelling!