Monsoon is one of the most awaited Seasons in the country. All through the scorching summer, people eagerly wait to feel the first drops of rain hit the soil. When the rain comes, it is a celebration all over. Whereas the difficulties they bring along are plenty.
Rainy season makes it difficult to use public transportation and people are forced to use their own vehicles for getting around places. Reduced visibility during rains and badly maintained roads can raise the number of accidents too. A part of the responsibility rests on the vehicles while the rest is on the ill condition of roads. Taking good care of your vehicle and routine inspections can help maintain your automobile in good condition throughout the rainy season.
Constant exposure to rain can be very bad for your car’s paint. It is very important to clean your vehicle once a week with car shampoo. Using a wax polish is also highly recommended. It creates a thin protective layer over the paint and helps water roll off easily.
When parking your car, make sure you cover it. It prevents acids and other unwanted elements from coming in contact with your vehicle’s paint. If there are any body-leaks, the covering can prevent water from seeping into the vehicle’s interiors.
Check your tyres regularly for worn treads. Tyre grooves are really helpful while driving in the rains. Worn out treads can be very fatal. While applying the brakes on wet roads, it can cause your vehicle to lose its grip and skid off.
Also, make sure your tyres are well inflated. Maintaining the optimum pressure helps tyres to perform better on wet roads.
Constant rains shall turn roads to puddles. Driving through such roads during heavy downpours can mean applying the brakes a lot. Make sure your brakes are in good condition. Water reduces the friction between tyre and the brake shoe, as well as the road. Worn out brake shoes can be dangerous during the rainy season, inviting accidents. So check your brakes well in advance and get them fixed before the rains.
Heavy rains can often lead to floods and water clogging in many places. Do not drive through deep waters. The last thing you would want is water in your car’s engine.
In case your vehicle gets stuck in deep water, avoid starting your vehicle if water has entered the tailpipe. Water that enters through the tailpipe can get straight to the engine when started and can cause serious damage. Instead, push your car out of the water manually.
A sky full of thunder clouds can make the day turn dark. Moreover, running water on your windscreen from heavy showers can make it difficult to see through. Only a good headlight can help you get through these situations. Make sure your headlamps are properly aligned and functioning right. Avoid using very bright blinding lamps, as it can make it difficult for drivers coming opposite, to see the roads properly.
If there’s leakage, your headlamps can get foggy. Right after the first rain, check your headlamps very often to see if it has turned foggy. If it is foggy, get it fixed it immediately.
Windshield wipers are the most significant parts of a vehicle during the heavy rains. A clean wiper can be your companion during the monsoon while a bad wiper can be your foe. Most wipers are often made from rubber. It can crack or get deformed during the scorching summers. As monsoon follows, they shall not function properly. Hence it is always advisable to check your windshield wipers and its rubber blades. A cracked wiper will not clean your windshield properly and can make driving tedious during heavy showers.
Always make sure you clean your windscreen with a cleaning cloth before you start your car. Dust and grime can settle on your windscreen while the vehicle is parked. Operating the wiper on dirty windscreens must be avoided. Dirt, when combined with water, can be a very bad combination, affecting both your glass and the wiper.
8. GENERAL CARE
Check your car’s indicators, brake lights and reflectors. Incessant rains can reduce road visibility, resulting in a lot of accidents during monsoons. Maintaining them properly can help safe driving in the dark.
Look for body leaks in your vehicle. Water seeping into the interiors is to be avoided. Make sure the rubber sealing on your doors are not cracked and your window glasses are functioning well.
Take note of these tips and make it a habit to check your car routinely for issues. Every once in a while, find time to service your vehicle. Optimized functioning can improve your vehicle’s life.
It is important to keep in mind that these tips are not just to be followed during the rains. Inspect and keep your car at its best for getting better performance.