Four Things to Observe When Driving Your Ford Taurus X in the Rain
When it comes to crossover utility vehicles, Ford Taurus X is one of the names that come to mind. When this vehicle came out, it was known as the Ford Freestyle, which was produced from 2004 to 2009. It was only rebadged as the Taurus X in 2008. However, Taurus X's production was not meant to last long because on February 27, 2009 Ford ceased manufacturing the said model.
Nonetheless, all Taurus X vehicles marketed in the U.S., some U.S. territories, Canada, and South Korea provide great value for every owner's money for they are all equipped with reliable safety features, engaging entertainment system, comfortable seats, plush interior, and admirable road performance. Tough and reliable as this vehicle may be, there are certain things you need to observe, especially when driving it during the rainy season.
- Make sure your brakes are in excellent condition.
If there is one thing that can save you from a road accident it's your car's brakes. Wet roads are slippery, and sometimes no matter how careful you are in maneuvering your car, there are instances when your tires will slide. Your brakes are the ones that will prevent you from hitting another car or crashing into a ditch.
Maintaining the reliable condition of your brakes is easy. Just clean up the assembly regularly. Be mindful of the dirt and small particles between the brake pad and the disc as these can weaken the clamping force of the said parts, which can lead to poor braking performance.
- Inspect your windshield wipers.
Proper visibility is a vital factor for a safe drive. But this can be a challenge during a heavy downpour. In this situation, you need your wipers to work their magic and clear the running water off your windshield. So, before you head out everyday, inspect your windshield wipers to see if they're working alright. And to ensure they serve you for a long time, you can use a silicon spray to prevent the rubber from drying up.
- Replace defective headlights.
Proper visibility is also addressed by your car's lights. To see the road ahead during a heavy downpour, especially at night, what you need are your headlights. In the U.S., many states require motorists to turn on their headlights not only when it's raining but also during foggy or gloomy conditions. This way drivers can see the road and oncoming traffic more clearly, thus prevent accidents. If you notice that your headlights are not as bright as they used to or if they flicker without any reason, it might be time to replace them.
- Avoid the temptation of cruise control.
The Taurus X is equipped with cruise control. However, do not be tempted to use it when driving in the rain. This feature may take away your full concentration on the task at hand. As a driver you have to be focused so that if ever a skid or loss-of-traction happens, you can respond immediately. Cruise control is great, but if you want to be safe when driving in the rain, better save it for dry conditions.