When we were kids, we all loved to play in the rain. Playing in the mud and pools of water was the best part of childhood, wasn’t it? Then we got to class six in primary school and our science teachers scared us on how terrific acidic rain can be on our body skins. We hated the rain from the very moment. I remember refusing to go put a basin for water to collect below a roof with the argument of how learned I was. Grandma almost hit me after cursing how useless education was if it taught us disobedience.

Then we caught up with our friends who made us believe that lightning hates the colour red. It hates the colour red such that a person wearing a red cloth, or a roofing in red, is more prone to be hit by lightning than a person wearing any other colour. This realization, just because every other child was talking about it, made us believe in it so much that we then became teachers to our parents, offering suggestions on the colour of clothes they should avoid purchasing for us. That was the colour red obviously.

While avoiding the colour red, we fell in love with what we called rain coats. Presently, they are referred to as trench coats, only that their material is made up of wool or cotton while rain coats were made of nylon.

These rain coats made us feel rain proof, if you know what I really mean. No amount of rain water would penetrate to reach our skins, no matter how heavy we were rained on; that was the belief. Apparently, the little knowledge on acidic rain, lightning and the red colour and rain coats, got us very confused in reality, but we eventually grew up to learn that we have myths in existence. We couldn’t laugh at ourselves literally, but rather strive to learn what was wrong with what we thought we knew.

After the love of rain coats, there came the love for cars. We worked hard, sacrificing almost the very essential basic needs on most times in order to purchase the metal on four wheels, for fame, respect, class and every other motivation and pride that comes with owning a car.

What happens when you drive in the rain?

First of all, it is important to note that the rain is not a number one fan of your car. While rain is important to take a bigger portion of pride in the capability and strength of your 4×4, your car’s body and its underneath are at risk of damage. Acid rain, contains acidic water which is deposited on the flat surfaces of your car such as the hood, trunk and roof, after the rain stops and your car is left to dry. This acid, after deposition, slowly corrodes your car’s paint and makes your car look even dirtier.

Someone will ask, how do I save my car from the effects of acid rain? Do I refuse to drive when it rains? The answer is both yes and no. It is necessary to find a parking out of reach of rain water, if in the past you noticed damage to your car’s paint after a rainy drive. When your car gets rained on, just to be sure, have your car regularly washed and hand dry it. This will attempt to remove every possible acid deposit on your car’s body. Also, do not forget to clean your tires thoroughly to avoid cracking.

When driving in flooded roads, sometimes water can find its way into the critical and interior of electrical parts. If water enters through the engine inlet air tubing, the engine could get permanently damaged. This is especially important to note for those front wheel drive owners who love to overlap and hate getting stuck; so they are never afraid to take their vehicles everywhere, even in large pools of flood water.

Rain and wet roads cause more accidents and injuries. When the road is wet during a rainy period, car tyres will most likely drift easily especially when taking sharp corners at higher speeds. The driver has less control while driving on wet roads. This is the reason why fast car racers prefer wet roads to increase the swiftness of drifting. The brakes are also loose while driving in the rain and their effectiveness highly reduced. Nevertheless, who wants to race on a wet road only to end up in a car crash, hit pedestrians or in a ditch by the side of the road?

To be careful on the roads this rainy season while reducing avoidable costs brought about by damage to your car, slow down, watch out, take care, drive where you can see what is in front of you and most of all, love your car. It is worth it.