Most of the dents and scratches take place on your cars in rainy season. So let’s talk about some monsoon driving tips. We will take two parts in it: 1) Car Preparations & 2) While behind the wheels!
- Car Preparations:
- Prepare a small checklist: Make a short list of inspections that you can perform on Sunday morning in 15 minutes. Like tyre pressure and tread depth, oil leakages, engine fluid levels, in car leakage and rust around body.
- Test tyres before monsoon: Take a 5 rupee coin and put in between car treads, if half coin is not visible then you’re good to go. Or else you can check it via eyes, if you have 2-3mm depth, then you are monsoon ready.
- Brake test: Take your car for a spin and see does it stop on time or not? You will be able to notice the difference if there is in stopping time and distance. If it takes longer time to stop then take it to a mechanic and ask him to change or adjust brake pads.
- Wiper blades: If you are running your old blades, that can leave scratches on glass and make it worse in case of heavy rain. If it’s not working properly, change them with a new set, they doesn’t cost so much.
- Check drain holes: See if there’s leakage or not. Holes that you’re using to drain water out of car may also make a way the puddle water to come in car. So seal them with rubber pads.
- Door rubber beadings: Your doors have rubber beadings that make your car waterproof! Check if there is a leakage.
- Use Water-repellent products: Lot of products are available in market to apply on your car body and other places. You can apply them on glass area so that water won’t get stuck there in form of droplets and will roll down. Applying such product may also save you from rusting of parts.
- Under body inspection: Check for leakage and rust. If budget allows, apply under body coating. Though under body protection coating is not mandatory if you live in simple atmosphere where there is less moisture in the air.
- Light check-up: Your headlights, brake lights, hazard lights as well as in cabin lights must be working, so that in night and emergency situations you can have better chances of visibility.
- Back up in car: Have torch, first aid kit, water bottle, a small hammer, umbrella, pack of biscuit in your car. That will help you even in other problems.
- While behind the wheels:
- Control your speed: It’s the key for a win-win situation. Don’t over speed if you know that your car is not able to stop in desired time and distance.
- Keep the distance: If you are following a vehicle, maintain a safe distance between you and that vehicle, so if he even stands up on his brakes, you’ll have enough time before you let your car kiss his rear bumper.
- Use your brake lights: Press your brake paddle to let your rear light lit up, so that the person driving behind you can get enough time to understand that you’re going to brake.
- Avoid tailgaters: If someone is driving too close to your back, let him pass. Having a car with ABS and Brake assist will make you stop within seconds, but the motorcyclist or “ricksaw wala bhaiya” will surely kiss your rear bumper as they don’t have great brakes.
- Daylight drives: Try to cover maximum distance in day light, as rain in dark is your enemy.
- Overtaking precaution: Before overtaking someone, give signals and honk before going beside them.
- Special places: Concrete roads will increase braking distance, so be alert while driving there. Be alert before going in underground parking lots and muddy parking areas.
- Avoid puddles: In unknown places, you never know what the depth of the puddle is, stop your vehicle on road side, let someone pass through and see if there is a go or no go!
- Watch out two wheelers: Two wheelers may stop anytime anywhere and they can’t control their vehicles like you. Keep safe distance.
- Avoid splashing: Don’t splash water on any pedestrian or even anyone.
- Parking: Park your vehicle on known places. Try to park vehicles where there are no pot holes or muddy water.
- Avoid flooded areas: Avoid unknown flooded roads. If you have to go there, keep engine revving and don’t let car stall in the middle of the road. If your car stalls, don’t try to start it up again in the water. Drive slowly and let engine RPMs up!
- Start defoggers: Turn on fresh air mode and place your AC fan towards windshield.
- Before going to flooded areas: Turn off AC, open windows half way, so you can go out of the car or call someone for help!
Drive safe! Have fun!