During the rainy season, stability, traction control, and slipperiness are some of the many important things a driver takes into account. In Nigeria, we have quite unpredictable weather and often have a massive distribution of rain across the year. Aside from the roads being slippery during these periods, the conditions of the road become worse and even potholes become bigger. Therefore, when buying a car, you want to make sure it can handle such weather conditions. Before we go into the list of cars for the rainy season, we give a general overview of what a driver should look out for.
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General Requirements and Tips
When looking for a car, the following are important features that must be found in your prospective car; Stability, Traction Control, and All-Wheel-Drive. All of these features will help before, during, and after an issue. For example, the All-Wheel-Drive feature would help to move your car out of a muddy situation. Other tips include making sure such a car has a good battery, wheels, wiper blades, brakes, weatherproof accessories, bright lights, and spares (even if used). Also, as a person, you must know how to deal with a skid and understand your car and know the parts that get affected by the weather condition.
1. Volvo XC40
This car model comes with run-off road mitigation and driver awareness system that helps a driver stay on course throughout his drive. Also, the lane departure system is a good addition to the high-performing car. This car will get you through the wet roads and even the flooded areas without stress. However, it is recommended that if your routes often include a flooded area, you shouldn’t acquire the Hybrid model for obvious reasons (battery placement).
2. Audi A8
The Audi A8 comes with a high performing computer system that aids the driver with weight management and distribution during different conditions. The vehicle has great traction control for slippery and wet roads as well as advanced braking and acceleration system. All of these systems are very adaptive to different conditions including rainy and flood season.
3. Toyota Hilux
The Toyota Hilux is one of the vehicles that is known for its ruggedness and its strength. It has a wading depth of 700mm of water and can deal with extreme tracks and heavily flooded terrains.
4. Nissan Altima
This car model is very familiar, especially among family persons or individuals. This sedan car has an intelligent AWD system that gives top-notch intelligent mobility and active ride control system for all sort of conditions. It uses electronic braking which isn’t affected by flooded conditions and also has great traction control.
5. Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion is a car fast becoming popular in the Nigerian populace. With some first-class safety features and an intelligent all-wheel-drive, the Ford Fusion delivers first-class driving experience during all conditions and especially during wet and slippery conditions.
6. Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
Might not be a familiar car but it sure as great reliability, stability and endurance during the rainy season. It can with withstand 480mm of water and move through flooded terrains and roads with ease.
7. Toyota Land Cruiser
700mm of wading depth of water is definitely a top-class feature for the evergreen Toyota Land Cruiser. Known for its durability and reliability, you can drive through tough terrains and even muddy regions without fear.
8. BMW X1
The BMW X1 comes with a Dynamic Stability Control that gives it the capacity to wade through slippery and wet conditions with ease and even help with skidding issues. It comes with an advanced feature which prevents oversteering that often occurs when driving through slippery terrains.
9. Honda CR-V
Comes with a what Honda brands the “Real-Time” AWD that helps with wet conditions and drive assistance, the CR-V model is definitely a car for one looking to carry family during the rainy period.
10. Acura RLX
The RLX comes with a high-performance dry-road handling system that helps distribute the weight of the car for balance even during slippery conditions. Also, it comes with effective traction control and therefore shouldn’t be a problem during the rainy season.
This list is non-exhaustive, you can make use of the information from general requirements and tips, and even from the mentioned car sections to help you select your car that can withstand the ever-challenging rainy season. Also, remember the car is only as good as the person driving it. Therefore, learn to observe and take caution during such weather conditions.
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