It was barely summer last week, and now it’s pouring cats and dogs. Monsoon is here.
Your car will be going through a lot in these few months, So here is GoMechanic bringing you
10 Monsoon Car Tips you need right now.
Mud and crud and rust and rain, these are all the evils you and your car are going to battle this rainy season, for this, you will need a plan of action.
“Be monsoon ready” is the idea behind this tip. Your car is going to take the first brunt of the elements, and it needs to be prepared.
The anchors need to be in prime conditions in the rains. The road surface is going to get a lot less grippy, and the constant pouring is going to test the limits of your car’s braking ability.
For disc brakes, top-up the brake fluid, ensure the brake pads and callipers are well within service and inspect the rotors for warping.
For drum brakes, get them thoroughly serviced and ensure there’s enough bite to get your car to stop well in time.
Tyres are the one making contact on the slippery road so, you will need to ensure the recommended tyre tread depth. A worn out tyre is an accident waiting to happen.
Wipers are your best friend this monsoon. They enable you to see what’s around and you will need to make sure they do that.
Wipers have a limited lifespan, and over time the rubber on them wears out causing streaking on the windshield, this impairs your vision of the outside.
So, before you head out, make sure you get the wipers replaced.
GoMechanicTip- Fill up the Wiper fluid reservoir with 50%-50% water and cleaning fluid to better aid your visibility during the monsoon.
Things are going to get less detectable this monsoon, and the car lights have to be perfect.
Inspect for any failures, electrical shorts, non-isolation, water in the light housing, get a 10 point electronics check on your car.
Also, investigate the battery for serviceability.
Rubber Beadings Check
One thing that most car users ignore are the rubber beadings on their car. These beadings apart from keeping the NVH levels in check are also responsible for keeping the water out from getting in the car.
Assess their usability and rigidity.
GoMechanicTip- Monsoon is messy, let us do the dirty work. Save time and money and get your car a Comprehensive Service before the monsoon hits its peak.
Keep your vehicle in top shape and prepare it for the elements.
Take it from the experts, your car specifically, the paint is going to take critical hits during this season. What a waxing session does is, applies a thin layer of protection on the surface. It also adds water beading ability to the paint which deflects water and mud from sticking and corroding the body of your car.
Rain Guards for the Windows
This is an inexpensive investment that prevents water from pouring inside the cabin when driving with the windows rolled down. No drilling or modifications required.
We highly suggest installing these in your car.
Nowadays many vehicles come equipped with these car tips. During the rains, visibility is an issue which is where these fog lamps come into play. They act as an accessory to the headlamps aiding in better illumination on the road.
GoMechanicTip-Leave the hassle to us and get your car a 10 point Comprehensive Inspection from GoMechanic.
Just the Essentials
These are some selected accessories you’ll need to carry along with you in your car. These are going to be helpful in general or in case of an emergency
This one’s self-explanatory, you will need your trusty umbrella a lot in these times.
It not only prevents you from getting drenched in turn also averts moisture from soaking into your car seats. Keep it handy.
Taking worst-case scenarios in view, you need to keep a car charger for your phone in your car. Your phone is your aid during an emergency, and you’ll need to keep it juiced up. Alternatively, you can also keep a Power Bank as a substitute or complementary to the charger.
First Aid Box
Things get bad to worse during peak monsoon and medical help can get delayed during the time of need. Therefore, a basic First Aid Box is a must addition to the list of essential. A pack of sterile bandages, antimicrobial cream or lotion (like Dettol), medical grade alcohol (for cleaning wounds), sterilised cotton and other things should be on the list.
Food and Water
There are strong possibilities of massive traffic jams, roadblocks, diversions and other unforeseen circumstances. Thus, the availability of food and water will be scant.
We advise you to keep a few bottles of sealed mineral water and packets of non-perishable snack with you in your car.
A battery powered flashlight and few microfibre rags can also be added to the inventory for use during need.
With everything ready and prepared from your side, the roads are going to be unpredictable.
Roads will be flooded, Drain holes clogged, frequent diversions and roadblocks. The best way out of this is to drive carefully, this will be the foremost rule number one.
When driving over a puddle, make sure you reduce your speed to near halt to avoid any unpredicted damage to the underside of the car. You must anticipate an open manhole or a deep gorge hiding under the puddle.
When on the highway, keep your speed all the way under the limit. “Hydroplaning” is a phenomenon when a layer of water builds up in between the tyre and the road surface leading to an alarming loss of traction. Hydroplaning or aquaplaning can cause serious deterioration to the handling characteristics of your car.
Similarly, when taking a turn, slow down a bit to prevent skidding. On a wet road surface, there is around 40% loss of traction between the tyres and the wheels.
Avoid waterlogged roads like plague. If water finds its way in your car, it is going to wreck the electronics and cause some major mechanical issues. Fixing a flood-damaged car is an expensive ordeal. We’ve been there, done that.
In case of Emergency
You are prepared for everything. You have inspected and prepared your car tips, packed all the essentials, you are READY to take on the rains.
But, you must also assure that you’re ready for any emergency that may come your way.
According to an industry report on Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India, 47 accidental deaths took place every hour during the year 2015 and many of these fatal accidents happened during the monsoon season.
Emergency numbers on speed dial
Keep a few numbers on speed dial like your immediate family, doctor, police and mechanic, so that they can be contacted easily in case of an emergency. Also, most smartphones have the option to feed in one number as an ‘emergency’ dial number which is always visible on the screen. In case of an emergency where the victim is unconscious, having this number on the screen will help the rescue team to reach out to the victims’ kin.
“Rain Rain come my way, GoMechanic takes care anyway”
From a detailed car wash to extensive repairs, GoMechanic is rocking ready for this monsoon.
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