One season in which majority of car and motorcycle accidents take place is the rainy season as the risk factor while driving a car or motorcycle increases to significant levels. Controlling the rains is not in our hands but taking good care of your car in the monsoons is surely in our hands. Today we will be covering some of the most important Car Care Tips For Monsoon or Rainy Season that will not only help you drive safely but also to keep the car’s condition well throughout the rainy season or Monsoon.
The reason why we need to take extra care of the car or take some preventive measures is because there are several factors which make driving unsafe during rains. Some of the prominent reasons include poor visibility, slippery road surface, more potholes develop on roads in rainy season, water logging on roads, chances of water or mud sticking to underbody of car causing corrosion, loss in braking efficiency because of water seepage into brake disks and drums etc.
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Most important parts of cars which need special attention during rains include:
- Wipers And Washer
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Making sure that the tyres are in excellent condition before the monsoons arrive is of utmost importance. The tread depth should be good enough or else they are likely to skid over slippery surfaces due to aquaplaning. The tire tread depth should not be less than 2 mm. Rubber has a tendency to soften when coming in contact with water so one should check the tyre pressure regularly and inflate it to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. This regular check will not only ensure better driving comfort but good tyre life as well.
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Wipers And Washer
Wiper blades have a tendency to wear out very fast. Within a year the rubber strip becomes useless and it is recommended to change it every year before the monsoons begin. One should ensure that the rubber is not hard and does not have cracks as they will scratch the windscreen. Do check that the wipers are working properly at all the three speeds. The washer bottle should be filled up and if you want you can add a mild detergent which will help keep the windshield glass clean and oil free.
Brake calipers are the most crucial part of a car and you should regularly clean and replace, if needed, the calipers to keep them dirt free. Brakes should not be too tight or too loose and you should keep using them as water will most likely wet the brake drums, therefore reducing braking efficiency. One small tip for drying out brakes is by placing your left foot on the brake pedal and gently moving the throttle in, using your right foot. Carrying out this operation immediately after wading through water will ensure it has not gotten stuck to the brake discs/drums.
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Rainwater is slightly acidic in nature and can damage the car’s body of it is exposed to it for extended periods of time. Protect your car’s body from rain and apply a good wax polish. The wax will not only protect the paint but will also allow water to roll off easily. Greasing all the door hinges is also necessary. To prevent rusting on exposed metal parts, you can spray anti-moisture spray like WD40, Zorric, Rusklick etc. If the rubber lining on the doors is falling loose, replace them before the rains start.
If you see any loose or weak electrical connections, patch them up. Make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure that all the fuses are working fine and do carry some extra fuses. Check all the lights, it is advisable to keep your parking light and brake light on while driving.
At times, water flows into the cabin area and damages the carpets and flooring. Place another set of mats(old mats) so that they soak up the dirty water. And it is better to use fabric mats than rubber mats. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the car regularly so that there is no bad odour left and in case your seats get wet, keep the windows open so that no fungus develops over there.
- Battery condition should be checked, and a coat of petroleum jelly should be applied to the terminals.
- The Air conditioner should be maintained properly and to use the demister, set the fan speed to low, turn the vent control to windscreen, set control to fresh outside air, and turn on the AC and it will help the car glasses from fogging up.
- In case it is raining heavily, and you cannot see ahead, turn on the headlights and fog lights and drive at a cautious speed.
- If you are to drive through stagnant water, do not panic. Put the car in first gear and move ahead gently. Do not drive fast and once you step into stagnant water do not stop your car, just keep moving or water might get into the tail pipe.
- Drive slow on rainy days when the roads are still wet as the stopping distance usually increases considerably on wet roads. Also, brakes may be slightly less effective on rainy days as water generally seeps into the brake pads and disks.
We wish you safe and comfortable driving during rains. Stay tuned to Car Blog India for more useful tips. And do let us know if you found our Car Care Tips For Monsoon or Rainy Season useful or not.