Seasonal Changes Affect How We Drive
The rainy season in Tanzania generally lasts from March to May, and during this time it is not uncommon to see cars broken down on the side of the road, or even worse, in an accident. While it’s incredibly inconvenient to have car trouble on a sunny day, well, it’s so much more frustrating when it happens on a rainy day when other drivers probably won’t stop and help you.
You already know that general car maintenance is important for your safety as a driver and for the longevity of your vehicle. However, there are special measures you need to take to prepare yourself for driving in the rain. In fact, here are 5 easy steps to prepare your vehicle for driving during the wet season, and lower your chances of experiencing any car trouble.
1. Check your tyres
Tanzania is not known for having smoothly paved roads. In fact, chances are you have to drive your car on rough roads pretty often. Well, this causes your tyres to wear off. While your tyres may seem fine during the dry season, you may realise that they have begun to wear when driving in rain. To avoid skidding while on the road, make sure you check your tyre tread. While you can check for wear yourself if you understand cars and tyres, it’s always best to use a reliable mechanic to check if there is uneven wear between your tyres. If you have had the tyres for many years, then don’t be surprised if it’s time to change them.
2. Check your brake fluids and pads
One of the main causes of accidents during rainy weather is faulty breaks. The wet tarmac increases the chances of your car slipping or accelerating unexpectedly, and your breaks are what can save you from a terrible accident. So, if your breaks are making squeaky or grinding sounds, or if they take a second too long to work, make sure to get them checked out by a mechanic.
3. Check your windshield wiper
Second to your brakes, your windshields may be the most used car part during rainy weather. So make sure that they are not worn out and work quickly to wipe away water from your windshield. In fact, if your window wipers are leaving lines and streaks on your windshield then it is time to replace them. Moreover, you should also use a washer fluid instead of water as the liquid to clean your windshield and windows.
4. Use an anti-water protector/repellent
In addition to updating your windshield wipers, you can also invest in some anti-water protector which makes rainwater roll off your windshields and mirrors faster while you are driving.
5. Check your lights
Many roads and streets in Tanzania do not have streetlights and drivers depend solely on the headlights of their cars to see where they are going, especially when their vision is impaired by poor weather conditions. So, it’s vital to ensure that both your headlights and break lights are working properly at night, so that other drivers can see how close you are and avoid speeding or having to break suddenly. Remember, the roads are slippery when it rains and you can only control how you drive, so it’s always important to give other drivers some caution on the distance between your vehicles.
Better safe than sorry
You probably have a relatively busy life, and spending time ensuring that your vehicle is fit to drive in the rain may seem like a waste of time. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right? Well, you’ll surely regret not following these tips if your car does end up breaking down during a rainstorm. There is no price value for having peace of mind, and if you are assured that your car is prepared for the weather, well, then you’ll be driving on the road without worry.