As monsoons wear on, preparing a car to cope up with their effects is inevitable. Flooded roads, incessant rains and extreme traffic jams are common conditions that can take a toll on any car in monsoons. While the cars are vulnerable to the damage by rainwater and poor visibility, ensuring the right care, makes the car fit to take on the monsoons head on.
All the major car-makers, during this time, conduct monsoon check-up camps to make sure the cars are in a proper condition.
Here are some handy tips from Tata Motors to keep your cars fighting fit during this rainy season.
It is recommended examining your vehicle before starting it during monsoons, especially after overnight parking, when the car is exposed to the rain. This should help you plug any leakages that would have trickled down overnight, from any part of the car. Additionally, examining the car also makes the driver aware about the tyre pressures and alerts him of any deflation. Tyres are the only contact the car has with the road, so they need to be in good shape. The standard one-rupee coin test should be taken to see how deep the tread is. If it’s lower than 1.6 mm, the tyres should be replaced immediately.
It is highly recommended to maintain a slow speed during a heavy downpour to maintain visibility of the roads. The hazard sign should be turned on and even during the day, the headlamps should be switched on continuously while driving. Before hitting the highway in monsoons, it is advisable to check the rubber of the wipers and the water level in the wind shield washer reservoir. This becomes very important when countering the dirt that splashes off the tyres of heavy vehicles. Drivers should utilize parking brakes especially during rainy season, when stopping on a hilly terrain. Applying of handbrake is a must while on gradients as it ensures that the car is still. Thoroughfares on hilly terrains generally become soft and this simple yet crucial step will guarantee the safety of the vehicle during parking in such zones.
While driving in heavy rains, it is always preferable to switch on the air conditioning and the rear defogger in the car to avoid fogging of the rear and front windshields as well as the windows. It is mandatory that during the rains, a driver should ensure that the reverse light is turned on while engaging the reverse gear, especially in conditions of poor visibility during monsoons. The tail lights should also be cleaned regularly and must function properly to ensure that the trailing vehicle notices it, helping to avoid collision.
The levels of all the coolants and the lubricants should be regularly checked and in case it is not levelled up, the car should be taken immediately to the service centre. It is always advisable to keep an umbrella, a rain coat, first aid kit, adequate quantity of drinking water, some dry snack and emergency contact numbers in the vehicle.
Finally, along with these tips, a driver should also be mentally prepared to deal with emergencies and have contingency plan in place.
Following these simple yet effective tips should help you and your car get monsoon-ready at the time of these heavy rains.