The Five Worst Driving Conditions and How to Survive them
April 16, 2014
Our treasured automobiles are our modes of transportation that get us to our desired destinations, which underlines the fact that we have to take great care of ‘em. One habit that will prevent us from achieving this is by recklessly driving our cars through very bad driving conditions. And unless we take the necessary precautions, we will end up damaging some vital car parts, varying on the elements that our cars has to put up against.
Do not fret though, for there are ways of driving through the worst weather conditions out there. Here are five of them:
Storms and Floods
Different parts of the world have to contend with different forms of weather extremes. But storms and floods seem to be a common occurrence. Due to heavy rains and the change of seasons, floods may consume roads and batter cars, which could cause sudden stalls due to serious engine damage.
Storms would surely result to slick roads, and the traction of the wheels will not stick as it normally would on a fine day. When floods ensue, it is best to wait it out in on high ground. This will save you from the trouble of damaging your engine.
Extended periods of traffic causes a lot of stress to most motorists. You know you’re in a sucky driving condition whenever you feel like a herd of cattle whilst behind the wheel.
One real problem of driving into traffic is not being able to get out of it quick enough to refill for gas. Driving with a tank deprived of gas is a real no-no, for it damage both your tank and your engine. Take a quick stop at a gas station whenever your tank is down to 25% full. With this practice, you won’t ever have to worry about traffic again.
Heightened temperatures might take a toll on your vehicle’s cooling system, which has caused countless drivers to take unplanned trips to the nearest radiator shop for repairs or replacements.
If you don’t regularly check the water level and coolant condition of your radiator, be wary of driving it in extreme traffic as you very well end up on the side of the road suffering an overheat. The best cure for this situation is prevention. Just keep checking the water level and the coolant of your car. The checking itself can be performed easily, and if you determine that it’s time to replace your coolant, you shouldn’t have much trouble with that either.
In most undeveloped lands, road that are rough and unpaved will cause old and thin tires to burst. Not only that, but the debris or the small rocks that get dislodged and hit the car will also do damage to the paint. Before driving through rough roads, make sure that your tires have the proper pressure. To avoid paint chipping, drive slowly to prevent too many small rocks from becoming airborne.
This is a real tricky condition to drive in as there is a great possibility that you and your car might end up stuck in it. So be careful, because if you do get stuck, you might need to hire the assistance of a tow truck in order to get out. Either look for an alternative course or wait for the mud to dry up, if you have the time of course. Happy Driving!