Sunday, May 11, 2008

Driving in the rain

Tips for driving in the rain

We have some great driving in the rain tips in the Galmatic Handbook, but thought that it was a good idea to give you a few more now that we are entering the rainy winter months. For more basic tips refer to you Galmatic Handbook page 33.

What makes driving in the rain more dangerous?
§ A wet road causes your tyres to lose traction, making skidding more likely, especially when braking
§ It is harder to see the road ahead of you as visibility decreases
§ Headlights appear dimmer
Tips for safer driving
§ Do not use cruise control in the wet. Your foot will be away from the pedals, your focus will not be on braking and accelerating and if you start to skid the car may actually accelerate.
§ Be extremely careful if it hasn’t rained in quite some time. Engine oil and petrol can build up overtime. The first few hours of rain are the most dangerous, as continuous rainfall will eventually wash away the oil.
§ Don’t attempt to cross running water, try an alternate route or turn around and go back the way you came.
After you cross a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.
Don’t follow the car in front of you too closely. If they hit a pothole or deep water you will have time to react.

On those cold and rainy days there is nothing worse than a misty car windscreen that you cannot see out of.

Why does the windscreen fog up?
Put simply the window is cold and heavy with moisture and when you jump in with your warm breath, it quickly cools down creating more moisture which condenses on the nearest cold surface it can find: your car windows.

What can you do to solve this problem?
Turn on the air conditioner onto the demist cycle as this will work to remove the water vapour. Set the air conditioning onto warm and get toasty at the same time.

Stay Fuel efficient
Using the air conditioner in your car reduces fuel efficiency, so once the windscreen is demisted turn the air conditioning off.

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