Monsoons finally arrived in India after a delay of about 2 weeks. While rains provided respite after the scorching summer, they wrought havoc on the motorists. Reason being, Indian roads and the drainage system are never made to tackle rainy weather. Hence, it is necessary to prepare your car to tackle rainy weather. Here are some tips and tricks on how to take care of your car and yourself in rains this monsoon.
Paint & Body Work: While your car body is tested enough to stand almost all the adversities, including rains, there are times when an additional body coating will created wonders for your car. These coatings include an underbody, anti-rust coating, or a paint protective coating for the body itself. Also, keep the underside of your car clean, as well as clear of the road’s dirt; which lead to chassis corrosion. A coat of polish after a wash is highly recommended.
Lights: It is vital to have all your lights in good working order. The headlights (in both, low and high beams), brake lights and hazards/indicators, fog light should be functional. Ensure that your headlights are aimed properly. Flickering or fluctuating lights can also indicate a weak battery. Get it checked and done by a professional if needed. It’s also a good practice to have the headlamp or tail-lamp lenses cleaned.
Wipers: Inspect the wiper blades to find out if they stain the windscreen. In case they do, you should replace them immediately. Since the wipers are not used throughout the year, other than during monsoons, the rubber around the blades shows signs of cracking, making the wipers ineffective. It is also necessary to fill up soap water in the wiper-washer fluids area as sticky fragments on the wind-shield can be difficult to clean.
Liquids: You should always check your fluids as regularly as possible, be it rain or shine. However, the windshield washer tank is often overlooked. So besides checking the usual oils and coolants, add a bit more water in the windshield washer bottle if needed.
Tyres: Having a set of tyres with a good amount of tread is a must duringthe monsoon. As the tyres begin to wear out, the tread displays signs of thinning out; leading to hydroplaning, where your car ‘floats’ on the water on the road, rather than actually gripping the pavement.
Brakes: Stopping is just as important as moving. On wet roads, there has to be substantial distance between two cars for the car to slide to a stop. When the brakes are compromised, this distance has to be even more, and this can prove to be fatal at times during rains. So ensure that your car’s braking system is tested by an expert, and the worn-out parts changed.
Wiring and Battery: Water and electrics are two things that don’t work well together. You have to ensure that the electrical system is perfect along with the maze of exposed wires running around your car. Improper wiring might lead to shorting, if water manages to seep into the wiring, and that can be a safety hazard to you and others as well.
Leaks: Ensure the rubber seals of your doors, windows and windshields in particular are intact. If it’s loose, torn, or damaged, water can seep through it and wet the interior. Check for moisture in all the parts of the car interior, as it will be an indicator of the car having a leak.
Pre-monsoon service: Sending your car for servicing is essentially a one-shot opportunity at having most of the above issues identified and fixed, including those that you may miss or are unable to rectify yourself.