Last week we touched on the changing seasons and weather conditions,this week we will continue the theme as it is important to be sure that your vehicle is ready.Summer is fast approaching and motorists across South Africa need to ensure that along with the more pleasant weather, their cars, and their attitudes on the road, also need to be in tip-top shape.
Drivers need to make sure their cars are in good condition, especially if they are looking at taking advantage of the warmer weather to make longer journeys.Among the important items to check are windscreens, wipers and tyres. It is also important that vehicles be visible at all times, including at night.
For this reason, owners should ensure their lights (front and back) and indicators are also working properly.Driving inland, many motorists may not have used their wipers for a while. It is important, as we enter a wetter season, that these are checked and in good condition. Standing outside in the sun, or only using them to clear dust off the windscreen, may have damaged the wipers, and you may only realise this when there is a downpour, which is to late to discover that they don’t work properly.
Apart from this, any cracks on windscreens need to be repaired and it is vital that tyres are checked to ensure they are in good, roadworthy condition. Too often, motorists ignore the condition of their tyres, which are a critical component to safe driving. Consider that during the summer months small pools of water may accumulate on the road, and worn tyres will lead to aquaplaning; this occurs when the tread on the tyres is no longer able to channel water away, and the tyre lifts off the road surface, and starts to skim across the water like a speedboat.As the seasons change, so too will the demands on your vehicle.
It is important that you have your vehicle checked and serviced, and that tyou are confident that each and every aspect of the car is working properly. In addition, we urge all drivers to ensure that their attitudes are positive on the road at all times. This includes not speeding, not using any electronic devices while driving, and always wearing seatbelts.During the summer when there are storms we all need to be aware that these will lead to delays for everyone, and that drivers should remain calm and appreciate that everyone else is in the same situation.
From all of us at All Terrain we wish you happy , safe , claim free motoring.