With the rains here, here are some car hacks for rainy weather to get through the season. We’ve added some for hot weather too. Dive in!
Driving in the rain needs a whole new set of skills
Car hacks for the rains
1. Prepare for the rains
Check your wipers and headlights, as well as your brakes, for proper operation. If necessary, consult a mechanic. If your battery is more than a year old, you might want to consider replacing it. This is so you don't get a nasty surprise one cold morning after a midnight torrent when it refuses to start the car.
Make sure your anti-rain gear works
2. Forget cruise control for now
If you have cruise control on, your vehicle can actually accelerate even if it loses traction. Switch off the cruise control so you can focus on your pedals and the road ahead of you. Driving during rainfall necessitates your complete attention: hands on the steering, eyes on the lane, and feet on the brakes.
If your cruise control is not working, you may need it checked out by an expert so you know it responds well to you.
Make sure you know how to use your cruise control
3. Keep the exterior paint secure
Rain doesn't do well with your car's exterior paint, which might seem ridiculous. A layer of transparent paint protects the exterior paint from water and pollutants cannot totally prevent it from eroding over time.
It is necessary to handle it in order for it to last further. Wash the car with a hose after being out in the shower, and then polish it. Wax is an ideal way to keep the paint job looking fine.
4. Floor mats help in a mud trap
When you get stuck in the mud, utilize floor mats. Trying to get going but getting nowhere because you don't have any traction? Position your floor mats under the tires and see how fast your car goes!
Hard to believe this could be a lifesaver, huh?
5. Make sure the vehicle is well ventilated.
You might well have found that when it's pouring outside, the windows are much more prone to fog up. This is due to the fact that where there is moisture, there is also humidity. To keep your visibility high, use your car's ventilation system to minimize moisture levels.
6. East facing parking
Park your car pointing at the east. Try to park looking east if you're staying anywhere overnight. This will encourage the engine to warm up faster in the morning and make defogging the windscreen a quicker (or unnecessary) operation.
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7. Make sure the wiper blades are in good shape
Windshield wipers, as we've previously said, are vital for your safe driving, particularly when the season turns wet.
Make sure your wipers have the right amount of fluid and that the blades aren't burned out so you can use them as soon as it starts raining. Since visibility in the rainfall is critical, double-check both even before the rains begin.
Your wipers are the number one rain-fighting tool
8. Mind the driving Line
Roads are built to be raised in the middle and slope downwards on either side. You will stop driving through excess water by holding your driving line in the middle of the lane, where the water automatically flows away due to gravity.
This comes in handy for preventing driving through standing water and, in some situations, hydroplaning.
9. Wash under the car
It's just as necessary to wash the underside of your car as it is the outside. This procedure will prevent water from corroding the car's undercarriage.
If you want to save money, you can do this yourself, or try to go to the car wash at least once a month. Washing within the wheels can help wash away salt and mineral particles so they don't cause corrosion and rust.
Stay rust free by getting hidden water below
10. Whenever practicable, park your car in a sheltered area
Carports and garages are designed to keep the vehicle protected from the weather. If at all practicable, shield the car from the elements, since water will permeate in between the bodywork and other parts.
Water can quickly find its way into places where it’s hard to evaporate, speeding up the corrosion process. If you don't have access to a garage, try building a temporary shelter to cover your vehicle.
11. Check to see if your car is well-sealed.
Between the car and the outside, there's a thin rubber strip that keeps the elements out. Check to see if any of the strips are broken. Applying a sealant is an alternative method to waterproof the vehicle.
Rain and salt will corrode your car's exterior if you leave for too long between washes. Applying a sealant during the wash is the only way to remove this. Wax or car polish should be used in this situation.
Sealants shield the vehicle from water loss due to the synthetic materials used in them. It is applied to clean paint and then rubbed with a microfiber rag. This waterproof coat will last up to six months, making it an outstanding option for long-term security.
12. Clean the windows on a frequent basis.
Dirty windows look trashy, and they can also make it difficult to see the streets plainly, resulting in accidents. Cleaning can be achieved with a glass cleaner rather than just spray.
Stop using ammonia-based cleaners because they can cause the car's rubber seals to dry out. To make current stains disappear, apply the cleaner and scrub it with a rag in various directions.
Often, after a strong rain or drizzle, make it a point to wash the windows as soon as practicable. This is because sitting in the water for a prolonged amount of time will leave challenging watermarks.
13. Understand how to handle hydroplaning.
Keep your foot off the accelerator if your vehicle hydroplanes in the rain. Steer in the same direction as the car's front wheels. Even if it's along your path, avoid abrupt stopping or turning. Over everything, continue to maintain your composure.
Checking your tires is one of the first things we suggest because worn tires will improve the odds of hydroplaning. Tires with thin treads lack the traction needed on wet roads.
Your brakes and tires need to be perfect for rainy weather
14. Avoid abrupt or heavy braking.
Instead, begin braking earlier than you can in dry weather. Braking too hard or too quickly will lead to losing traction and hydroplaning. Also, make sure your car is running on the best tires for Nigerian roads.
When it’s hot
As promised here are a few things to help survive when you are between showers and it’s broiling.
15. Cool the car with a door draft
In a matter of seconds, you can cool down your cabin. Roll down a window, afterwards open and shut the opposite driver's door a few times if your car is too hot for comfort. This will allow a gentle breeze to pass through.
16. Front windows only open
Just the front windows should be opened. Often, just open the front windows when driving, leaving the back ones closed. The wind coming into your car would be much better as a result of this.
17. Upside down steering
When parking, turn the steering wheel upside down. This will prevent the top of it from heating up when you're out and burning you when you return.
See more tips for driving in the rain and cold in the video.
8 Driving Tips to Drive in Fog, Rain, or a Storm
Hope you enjoyed these car hacks for rainy weather. Stay safe while driving this rainy season. Enjoy!
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