6 Ways to Keep Your Car Safe in Extreme Weather
With the Philippines located near the equatorial line and too far south to have more than two seasons, the seasons we have reach extreme temperatures. We have summer, during which the temperatures can rise as high as 37.5 degrees Celsius, and winter monsoon which brings about torrential rains or sometimes, a tornado.
Given the strangeness of the weather in the country, it’s safe to say that your car might needs extra care to keep it in perfect shape. Keeping your car safe in extreme weather of all sorts is how you’ll need to spend less on maintenance costs, and here’s where you can get started.
In the summertime
The summer heat presents a set of challenges, and here are some of the things you’ll need to do to keep your car in top form:
Check the battery
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Power drains are common especially with the heat. Test your battery before you head out, and keep its terminals clean. You won’t end up stuck on the side of the road. Having a replacement battery ready in case of discharge should also be helpful.
Give it a wash
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Summer winds bring dust and dirt so a regular wash with a coat of wax will maintain your car’s sheen. The last thing you want is your paint job getting chipped because of the heat. The wax also helps when it’s rainy.
Park in the shade
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It’s always stifling and uncomfortable to sit in the car that’s been out in the sun for a few hours. Parking in the shade helps avoid this situation with the added bonus of your seats being less scorching to the touch.
In stormy weather
Keeping your car safe when it’s raining is less about maintenance and more about the drive, because roads are slick. Low visibility makes driving less of an adventure and more of a study in safety.
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When you know you’ll be driving through buckets of rain, you’ll want to maintain a slower speed so you don’t skid out of control. You’ll also have to be ready for a slower drive than normal. Odds are people are trying to not figure in a car accident.
Maintain your wiper blades
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If you can’t clearly see the road, that’s going to be a problem. It’s ideal to replace the blades at least once every three to six months depending on use, and to clean them with a dry, soft cloth to remove any dirt. As a precaution, don’t use them when your windshield is dirty to prevent scratches.
Protect your electrical system
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In the event of a flood, this is one of the first things that’ll go. You’ll want to pop the battery off its terminals so that the system doesn’t short out. This also means keeping away from standing water as much as possible.
Keeping your car safe in any weather means understanding the conditions and making the call whether you’re going to drive out there. Staying safe should always be your first priority. One last thing to do to ensure your car protected is by getting a car insurance so that in the event that it gets damaged, you won’t need to pay so much out from your pocket.
Kyle Kam is from MoneyMax.ph, a financial comparison website aiming to help Filipinos save money through diligent comparisons of financial products. Follow him on twitter @undisputedkyle