A CAR expert has shared some top tips for driving in the rain – and they could save your life.
The engines began to roar Tick tock to provide practical advice to help you avoid accidents and stay alert.
As summer comes to an end, it is important that drivers know how to deal with poor visibility and slippery roads to get through the typically wet British winter safely.
First, the expert recommended turning off the automatic stop-start function if your car has it.
This feature is intended to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions by turning off the engine at every stop.
For example, if you stop at a traffic light, the engine will shut off and come back to life when you press the accelerator pedal.
However, our expert claimed that during heavy rain and flooding, this can make your car more prone to breakdowns in deep water.
Not only can this leave you stranded, but restarting the engine when it’s soaked can damage it and leave you with a hefty repair bill.
You can turn this off by pressing a button on your dashboard marked with the letter “A” and a circular arrow around it.
Second, the expert revealed a little-known feature that can help improve visibility in wet conditions.
Simply turn on your air conditioner’s “window defogger” function as soon as you start the car to remove condensation from the windshield.
This is often done by pressing a key or flicking a switch marked with a box with wavy arrows running through it.
Next, she advised against pressing the button to turn off the traction control.
Although it can be used in certain circumstances, it should never be used on a wet road as the risk of skidding and loss of control is much greater.
Don’t worry if you press the button accidentally as for safety reasons, a firm press for a few seconds is required to deactivate the function.
Fourth, the expert said, “Be sure to turn on the vehicle’s fog lights.”
“The penetrating power of fog lights is particularly strong.
“It can prevent rear-end collisions.”
Fog lights are a legal requirement for cars in the UK and can usually be switched on using the stick on the steering wheel that controls the headlights.
However, you can only use them in limited visibility, i.e. not in light rain.
If it is foggy, the clouds are low or the rain is so heavy that you cannot see anything, then it is legal to use.
Check your owner’s manual to find the exact location in your specific car.
Finally, she urged drivers to use the rearview mirror dehumidifier function to clean their exterior mirrors.
Many may not know this, but the feature causes your mirrors to heat up and remove condensation from them, giving you a clear rear view.
The button for this is similar to the button for defogging the windshield. Therefore, be sure to find out about the difference in the operating instructions.
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