Statistics has proven what common sense has always told us – a majority of car accidents in the year occur during the rainy season. The reasons could be manifold – starting from external reasons like poor condition of roads, low visibility and unexpected traffic jams, to internal reasons that include poor driving skills in the monsoons or a badly maintained car. Now, while you cannot really change the external conditions, you can always improve your driving skills. While you are working on your driving skills, let us help you out on the basic tips that will ensure your car is ready for a long drive in the monsoons.
1) Check the Windscreen Wipers
The windscreen wipers are used most during the monsoons, to wipe dirt and water droplets off the windscreen and get a clear view ahead. But the wiper blades tend to wear out rapidly due to constant exposure to pollution and environmental variables. Hence, you must assess the condition of your windscreen wipers at varying speeds. In case the wipers do not function properly, you can not drive in the rains. So check your wipers and replace it if needed. It is also a good idea to replace the widescreen wipers every year during your annual servicing. Also, keep wiper fluid handy to clean the windscreen.
2) Inspect the Brake Pads
During the rainy season the road surface becomes slippery and so the braking distance increases significantly. Moreover, the braking power is adversely affected by water seeping into the brake calipers. So, ensure that the brake pads of your car are in top-notch condition. Get them inspected by a skilled mechanic, and replace the worn out components with new ones. Drive the car at a slower speed and brake from a longer distance during the rainy season to avoid accidents.
3) Monitor the Tires
When your car’s tires are not in a good condition, a thin layer of water is formed between the car and the road surface, reducing the tires’ grip on the road and making it difficult for you to control the car. So you need to get the tires inspected before monsoons and keep checking their condition throughout the season to avoid aquaplaning and skidding. You might also buy a tire tread depth gauge to monitor the condition of tires conveniently.
4) Protect the Battery and External Wires
Before monsoons start, you must check the condition of the battery and electronic components of your car. Protect the battery effectively by applying a coat of petroleum jelly on its terminals. Likewise, check the condition of all fuses, and consider carrying backup fuses. You also need to insulate all external wires, and check if the parking light and brake light are working perfectly while driving. It is important to patch up all loose and weak electrical connections to avoid sudden breakdowns in the rains.
5) Keep the Car Clean
Often rain water and mud accumulated under the car affects its various components. A coat of anti-rust paint on various components of your vehicle can prevent rusting. Likewise, you can consider floor mats and seat covers to prevent the inside of your car from becoming soiled due to muddy footwear. Also, clean the car regularly during monsoon to prevent dirt from accumulating.
While all this is needed to maintain your car properly during monsoon, it is also important to drive the car carefully and with caution. Avoid areas where rainwater accumulates due to lack of adequate sewerage facilities to protect your car and its components from dirty liquid. Also, drive the vehicle slowly throughout the rainy season and stay safe.