The rainy season! OMG. such a respite after the dreadful summers. After days of wiping off sweat from your forehead and drinking 3 gallons of water everyday, you sit in your balcony, sipping warm tea while gently enjoying those little drops falling down from the sky above. Rains are indeed beautiful , but apart from all the relief and beauty, they bring in their own share of troubles with them. One of them is the potential threat they pose to your car. The rainy season brings with itself water logging, damaged roads( who knows it better than Indians!)and poor visibility.
Here are a few tips for easy maintenance and the safe use of a car during heavy rain:
1. Checking the tire pressure, batteries and brakes is essential
During the rainy season, it is recommended to elevate tire pressure within 10 percent of the usual level. It is dangerous to use worn tires. As visibility get worse while driving in heavy rains, turning on the headlights, even during the day, can help to prevent an accident.
It is necessary to check the car battery in advance, as the frequent use of headlights, A/C and the windshield wipers use up much of the battery.
On wet roads, a car that stops well is safer than a car that moves well. Thus, checking the brakes and tire condition is very important.
2. Take care of the windshield and ensure clear view while driving
If the windshield wipers make a strange sound, it is likely that it is due to gas exhaust from other cars on the window than a faulty wiper blade. As a solution, it is effective to clean the window with a sponge and detergent two or three times. Additionally, the amount of washer water under the hood should be checked. The water’s direction can be easily adjusted with pins.
3. Use an anti-water protector
When there is a lot of rain, water drops gather on the side mirrors and back window, which can distract from safe driving. It is a good idea to put a water-gathering protector on the mirrors and windows. Prior preparation is needed because heavy rains result in many problems with driver visibility.
4. Park you car in a safe zone
A sudden downpour can flood an area in a very short amount of time. Check if there are any areas that have flooded recently and avoid parking near riversides, streams and under bridges. When there are flood warnings, it is best to move your car uphill or to a safe area where the car can easily be moved.
Car owners should ensure the vehicle is parked in an open place away from trees during rainy season. They should also be sure it is secure parking lot against standing water or flooding.
5. Perform maintenance on the rubber-rubber and glass doors
Use “silicone spray” to maintain the flexibility of rubber to rubber and then spray a penetrant/lubricant to the door hinges to anticipate rust, then spray “contact cleaner” to the electric car, in order to anticipate the entry of water into electrical parts.
6. Clean your car often
Car owners should clean their cars thoroughly, such as: car hinge, the edge of the trunk, the car door edge, the edge of the hood etc.
Do not leave marks on the body of water after washing the car for too long because it can leave scars that are difficult to eliminate.
Owners should clean their cars or half after the first part completed and then the other and avoid washing cars with high foaming shampoo, if not too dirty, just with water alone.
7. A few more pointers:
- Lower your window panes while driving through water logged areas.
- Ensure that your car have the recommended air pressure and sufficient tread depth
- Install in your car mobile battery charger and ensure your FM Radio is in working condition to tune into announcements. Ensure that you have at least one CDMA cell phone in the car. It seems that CDMA phones worked more effectively than the GSM phone during an emergency.and 3G, well we all know about their supreme performance in normal circumstances let along in an emergency.
One thing that we should remember is that the car doesn’t drive itself, in addition of taking care of the car, you should take care of yourself. Monsoon is not the time to be pressing down that accelerator hard, be cautious and careful while driving. Sincerely adhere to all traffic rules.
Last but not the least, a short list of a few essentials you must have in your car during the Monsoon:
- Hammer: to break the glass in case of an auto-lock system failure.
- Thick nylon rope, about 20 meters long, with a hook
- Fully charged powerful torch.
- A working whistle.
- Plastic sheets and spare umbrella.
- Keep extra tyre (stepni) ready all the times.
- Adequate dry, non -perishable food items.
- Adequate quantity of water