Monsoons are just around the corner and needless to say, they are utterly enjoyable, especially when experiencing them on a long drive on a weekend. However, rains also bring along difficulties in driving and can be a nightmare for many. Gaadi.com lists out a few simple steps that can ensure that both you as a driver and the car enjoy these months without hassles.
- Monsoon camps: Most car manufacturers organize free monsoon check-up camps for car owners. It is advisable to have your car checked at such an event – the check-up is generally free and the technicians can further guide you on parts which might need replacement.
- Demist the windows: Fogging up of the windshield from the inside is a common affair in monsoons. The simplest method to get rid of this is by diverting the air-con air to the windshield with the air-recirculation mode ON. Using a cloth to wipe the mist every few minutes is dangerous while driving.
- Wipers – With time, the rubber part of the wiper plates can become hard and hence will not clean the windshield properly. It is advisable to have these checked before the monsoons arrive as fault wipers can be a nightmare especially when driving in the dark.
- Tyre tread: Tyres are the only contacts points between the car and the road and the tread is what provides traction. Worn out tyres have less tread which also means the grip offered in the wet is poor. A simple coin test can let you know if the tyres need replacement or not.
- Beware of Aquaplaning: If you happen to drive over standing water at high speeds, the can tends to get into the phenomenon of aquaplaning. This occurs when a thin layer of water comes in between the tyre and the road and under this circumstance, the driver can lose control of the car. Hence, never hit pools of water at high speeds.
- Driving through water: Never drive through standing water at high speeds as the splash can dirty innocent pedestrians and other road users. If the water depth is over 6-10 inches, drive slowly, keeping an eye on the road ahead and any possible obstructions. Always apply the brakes a few times once you have crossed the water area in order to dry the brake pads.
- Don’t panic: Incase you get stranded in deep waters and the car dies, do not start it as water could enter the engine via the air-inlets. Always tow the car out and get it checked at a service center.
- Rust protection: Most service centers offer this service at an added cost. Anti-rust protection is a coating that surrounds different parts of the car body and avoids any possible rust in rains. It costs a few thousand rupees but is highly recommended.
- Headlamps are your eyes while driving at night or in low light conditions. Monsoon is that time of the year when headlamps as well as tail lamps are most prone to damage. Water is like Achilles’ heel to any electric component and it’s just as bad for your cars headlights. Damaged or cracked lights are all the more worse as water seeps into the headlight housing rendering them useless.
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