Although it may not seem like it, the rain can be quite detrimental to your car. We wash our vehicle with water and we assume that rain is something natural and that traveling in these conditions represents none inconvenience, but the rain itself can damage our car in the long run.

It is very important to know the negative factors of these atmospheric conditions to ensure proper car maintenance by following these car safety tips.

Never Park your Car Under the Tree

car damage parked under tree
If you park your car under a tree, this can happen.

If you tend to park the vehicle under the trees,  it takes several direct risks. First, the rain causes the fall of leaves, fruits and small twigs that accumulate in the car’s rain gutter. When they accumulate, they keep a certain humidity that gradually penetrates the body. In case of heavy rains or large storms, parking under a tree can end up with a large branch hitting the car in its fall.

Change Old Wipers

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Old wipers unable to clean windshield

Wipers have much importance in car safety tips guide. Do wipers make screen dirty rather than clean?, Does any of the ends hang?, Do they produce screeching noise? If you answer is affirmative to any of these questions, it is time to change them. Paying no attention to wipers can cause a fatal accident.

Increase the Safe Distance

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Increase the safe distance

The braking capacity of your vehicle is deeply impaired as soon as it rains, so you will need a lot more meters to stop. If you do not want to end up in the back of the car in front of you, give it more space than usual.

Turn on the Lights

car lights on rain
You can see some people have their headlights on, to ensure visibility.

When you have to drive with rain, liters, and liters of water will crash against your windshield. No matter how hard the wipers try, you will see worse than dry. In addition, the day will surely be cloudy, which adds an extra difficulty. Use the lights to see and see you well and pay double attention to what happens around you on the road.

Do Not Trust If It Rains Little

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When a rain starts, slippery road due to mud and gravel is risky.

Put it another way; the more water, the better (without going overboard). It sounds like a contradiction, yes, but it is not. The first drops of rain are mixed with the grease and dust of the road, reducing the adherence sensibly. Once the rain breaks (to a certain point), it cleans the road, and the tire gets a better grip (although less than with the dry asphalt, of course).

Aquaplaning; A Big Danger

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Lots of water can be seen on the left side of the road causing aquaplaning

The car safety tips remain useless if we don’t consider Aquaplaning. The great risk of rainy days is when the accumulated water is so high that the car loses its grip and goes straight floating. You must fight against your primary impulses that do not brake, do not speed up, do not turn. Lift your foot off the accelerator and keep your steering firm until you notice that the vehicle is coming to a standstill and retracts.

Keep Windscreen and Windows Clear

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Foggy windshield due to rain

Every glass of the car become cloudy with the raindrops and become almost opaque due to fogging. It is essential to use the appropriate speed of the windshield wipers and connect the air conditioning systems available -air conditioning or climate control- to avoid fogging and demisting the windows.

Car Interior

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Damage caused by rain

Another aspect to consider with the rain is the humidity that enters the interior of the vehicle. Either with the humidity of the environment or by entering-leaving the wet car, inside the car accumulates a lot of moisture that harms the different upholsteries, plastics, and others, rapidly increasing the wear of all these components of the interior, so try to keep your interior dry.

Keep Tires, Brakes and Shock absorbers in Perfect Condition.

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Keep tires in perfect condition in a rainy season

These three elements of the car allow you to face driving in the rain in a much more reliable and safe way. You need friction, if any of these core parts are in bad shape, they will not provide you with the traction and friction needed to stay safe on the wet road.

Don’t Start an Engine In the Water

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Men pushing a car out of water

As confusing as it may sound, but if you are stuck in water, deep enough that it can enter the tail-pipe, don’t start the vehicle. If you do so, chances are that the water will enter the engine through the tail-pipe, causing a malfunction in the system. Instead, push the car out of water manually. Or, if you see water ahead while driving, don’t slow down the car in the water.

Tailgate

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Follow the lights of cars in front, and try to drive straight.

Make sure you can always see the taillights of the car in front of you. Better yet, make it a habit to see the whole car in front of you up to the bottom of its rear tires. You need distance to react to what the car in front will do so remain in the safe distance while tail-gating.

Common sense coupled with these car safety tips for driving in rain will help the driver avoid accidents. In Pakistan, many vehicle-related myths are present, by this car safety tips guide we tend to provide you with the basic knowledge necessary to drive in rain.