Car safety tips for monsoon season

Indera Motors

As the season change, road conditions change too. Brunei experiences the heaviest rainfall from October to January. Rainstorms and thundershowers due to the southwest monsoon have caused roads to become slippery with low visibility, especially during the nights. It is in these times that safe driving, increased awareness and precaution are crucial.

Before departing, make sure your vehicle is in good condition to drive through heavy rain.

Ensure the essential functions of your cars, like windshield wipers, headlights, taillights and turn signals, are in optimal condition. It is advisable to change your wiper blades once every six months, especially in wet climates. They will help you manoeuvre safely and ensure that heavy showers do not obscure your vision. In the event your windshield becomes foggy, get rid of the fog by turning up your air-conditioning so that the air in the cabin is colder than the outside environment.

Additionally, some Jaguar vehicles come with Xenon high-intensity (HID) bulbs that are twice as bright as regular halogen bulbs and have a colour similar to daylight that makes road markings and signs more visible for safer driving. Similarly, Jaguar Land Rover vehicles come with LED tail lights. Not only are LED lights brighter than halogen bulbs, they illuminate faster so following drivers can react more quickly to the car’s braking.

Ensure your tyres can withstand rainy weathers. Tyres lose traction and are susceptible to skidding on wet roads. This is especially true for tyres without proper treading because there will be no way for water to escape when they have accumulated beneath the tyres.

Your tyre’s air pressure is also important for its performance, especially in the rain. Correct air pressure helps distribute the weight of your vehicle evenly across the tyre’s tread pattern, so that the tyre – and the vehicle itself – is at its most stable with better grip performance.

Ensure your tyres have not exceeded six years of their manufacturing date.

Expired tyres are dangerous because rubber hardens over time, causing the tyres to become brittle and lose traction. They may also burst because of the hardened rubber when hitting sharp objects or potholes on the road.

At Jaguar Land Rover, a complimentary Electric Vehicle Health Checkup afforded to all customers includes inspecting wiper blades for wear and tear, headlamps and brake lamps for operation, as well as wheels and brakes for wear and damage. Regular car maintenance and checkup are essential, especially in the monsoon season.

Driving in wet weather can be hazardous due to slippery roads and low visibility. PHOTO: INDERA MOTORS