Anyone that has spent a large amount of their life living in the UK will know that it rains here a lot! We don’t often get to see much in the way of blue skies in the British Isles. In fact, as I write this blog post, I look out the window and see grey skies, heavy rain and strong winds.
People living in sunnier climes might consider this to be quite bad weather. But for us Brits, it’s just a typical day. There are over 64 million people living in the UK, and many of these people drive a car on a regular basis.
Are you one of those people? If so, chances are you might loathe driving your car in the rain. If that’s the case, today’s blog post will show you how you can be safer on the roads during such weather conditions. Here is what you need to know.
Make sure your car is roadworthy
Everyone hates it when their cars break down, and they have to sit on the side of the road whilst they away a recovery truck to rescue them. The situation gets made worse if this happens during one of the many rainy days in Britain!
It goes without saying that you should ensure your car gets maintained as it should. All cars have a regular servicing and maintenance schedule that need to get adhered to. You can find this information out from your owner’s manual. Otherwise, consider calling your local main dealer to check what those schedules are for your car.
Regular servicing and maintenance ensures the likelihood of your car breaking down is low. Remember folks – prevention is better than the cure, as they say!
Avoid driving during the hours of darkness
I know that some people cannot avoid driving in the dark. Especially if they have a job where shift patterns dictate they work unsociable hours. But if you can help it, stick to driving during daylight hours only.
The amount of daylight during each day gets shorter after summer. As we head towards the end of the year, it’s not uncommon to drive to work in the dark and get home in the dark. And that’s if you have a normal 9-5 job!
It’s easier to make better driving decisions in the rain if you drive during daylight hours.
Clean those wipers
When our car’s windscreen wipers start juddering or smearing, we assume they are now worn and need replacement. A set of wiper blades can cost anything up to £30, depending on where you buy them from.
But did you know that you can save that cash by just cleaning your wiper blades every so often? Mick from Hilton Garage says that you can clean your wiper blades in a matter of minutes!
All you need to do is get a rag and put some windscreen washer fluid or vinegar on it. Next, clean one blade at a time, ensuring you don’t use the same part of your rag for all blades. He also recommends giving your car a wash too.
I hope these tips have been useful for you!
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