Carmakers issue advisory on rainy-season motoring


driving-rain20130902THE Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) had recently issued a rainy-season advisory that provides assistance to the riding public.

Campi President lawyer Rommel Gutierrez said that it is now the season for motorists to be mindful of their vehicles’ conditions, as well as to exercise good driving habits. He added that preventive maintenance is important, citing the need for good wiper blades, lights, brakes and tires.

“Be sure to replace old and brittle wiper blades. Check the tire treads, remembering that wet roads require added traction. Make sure all lights and lamps are working. Check brakes to ensure normal operation,” Gutierrez said.

Drivers should also practice safety driving techniques on the road, especially when raining, the Campi advisory stated.

“When driving along the highways, drive closer to the center lanes as water tends to pool in the outside lanes. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle ahead—it takes longer to stop on wet roads,” the advisory said.

Gutierrez said that accidents usually occur at high speeds so slowing down is a must. “High speeds increase the chances of hydroplaning,” he said, adding; “Do not use cruise control and turn on your headlights. Headlights help you see and be seen in the wet weather.”

Other information included in the Campi advisory are: “Shut-off the air-con to protect the air compressor. Maintain acceleration or constant speed to prevent water from entering the tailpipe. Drive slowly through any puddle of uncertain depth. When in doubt, stop and turn back if you can. Never drive through moving water. Tap on the brake lightly to dry off rotors.”

Driving far from buses and trucks should also help motorists to get away from danger, the advisory continued, which noted that the “extra large tires of these vehicles can cause large amounts of water to spray in your car, which can completely block your vision.

“However, if the vehicle is trapped in a flood, disconnect the battery if possible, close all windows and get out of the vehicle. Should the vehicle get submerged in floodwaters, do not attempt to start the engine. Immediately disconnect and remove the battery. Clean and dry completely all electrical harness and components. Clean and dry the vehicle. Drain, flush and replace all fluids/oils. Re-grease all greasing points. Call up the nearest service center for appointment and needed repair.”

Gutierrez said experts have predicted that global weather conditions will not only become harsher but that such a pattern will also become more frequent. The Philippines is also always mentioned to be in a vulnerable spot.

“Sadly, we can expect more rains and should therefore be prepared. We hope the public will heed our advice and be safe as they traverse the roads during this season,” Gutierrez said.


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