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 greatly increases. Controlling the rains is not in our hands but taking good care of our car is surely in our hands.
Car Care Tips For Monsoon – Some Parts to Check
Most important parts of cars which need special attention during rains include:
- Wipers And Washer
- 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.
Wipers And Washer:
- Wiper blades have a tendency to wear out quite fast. Do get the wiper blades checked/changed before the monsoons begin. Also, do check the wipers for proper functioning at all speeds.
- Keep the wiper washer bottle topped up and if you want you can add a mild detergent to keep the windshield glass clean.
- Brakes are one of the most crucial parts of a car. You should regularly clean and replace, if needed, the brake pads.
- Do not let water, rainwater included, sit on your car. It will adversely affect your car’s paint. While that will be difficult when driving in rainy conditions, using wax polish will help form a thin, protective layer on your car’s paint.
- 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.
- 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 as 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.
- It is better to use fabric mats instead of 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.
General Car Care Tips For Monsoon :
- Get the car battery checked. Also, apply a coat of petroleum jelly on the terminals to protect them from moisture.
- Get the Air Conditioner checked and when using 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.
- In case it is raining heavily and you cannot see ahead, turn on the headlights and fog lights and drive slowly.
- 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.