Weather forecasters are predicting heavier than usual rains in the coming days, are you ready? @KenyanTraffic
Our motoring lives are going to get harder – especially given that the weather forecasters are predicting heavier than usual rains in the coming days. This means it’s more important than ever to plan ahead. Even before you turn a wheel on the road, you should make sure that your car is thoroughly prepared. Once on the move, you should be carrying what you need to cope with bad weather, a breakdown or, worse, an accident.
With the colder months comes more rain, all of which must be cleared from your windscreen while you’re driving. If your blades leave more smears than they clear, you need to think about replacing them – something that is recommended once a year anyway.
Water on its own isn’t enough to give your screen a proper clean; you need a screen wash additive to help battle the film of traffic fumes and stains. And in the rainy season there’s even more road dirt and mud thrown up by other vehicles to add to the mix.
There’s no doubt that many Kenyan drivers will once in a while find themselves in dirt roads either travelling to Ushago or a friend's Ruracio. Road tyres may serve you well in town and Thika super highway but not in muddy earth-roads. We saw how some potbellied Wahesimiwa in their fuel guzzling 4WD beasts got stuck for hours in muddy village roads somewhere in Western while attending a funeral. Swapping to mud tyres is the ultimate solution for coping with changing conditions.
If you find yourself squinting when driving at night it might not be an eye test you need, but some new headlamp bulbs. Regular halogen bulbs become less efficient over time; just like brake pads and dampers, they simply wear out. Replacing them can make a serious difference and improve your safety on the road.
A breakdown is more difficult in a downpour partly because visibility is limited. A head torch will take up little space, and leaves both hands free to sort out any problems.