Monsoon season is around the corner and driving in heavy rains is a very tricky and careful job. Always remember these tips before heading out in heavy rains. Follow these simple maintenance tips to enjoy a beautiful drive while enjoying the rains.
Having a good amount of tread on your tyres is a must so that you don’t lose your grip and braking is also effective. Measure the tyre tread using a coin to ensure that you have a good amount of tread left on your tyres.
The condition of tyres plays a very vital role while driving on wet roads. The braking distance, traction and cornering all depend on your tyre condition. Always maintain your tyre pressure and also check the spare wheel condition in case of any mishappening.
Vision is very important while driving in the rains. Check for your wiper blades and arms, if faulty change asap. Also, check the wiper speed and rear wiper. Keep you windscreen reservoir bottle filled with windscreen washer so that you get a clear view ahead.
- Electricals & Battery
Water and electricity don’t go well together. Inspect your engine bay and check if there are any exposed connections. Water splashes can make the exposed connections wet and cause a short circuit that could lead to a break down or even worse situation.
Check the condition of the battery and the thimbles as well. Water contact can cause corrosion on the battery terminals and can corrode the connectors. Driving in monsoons require more electrical parts to be used like the wiper, headlights, etc and thus, require more electricity. Replace your battery if recommended by experts.
Being visible is also equally important as your view. Check all the lights of your vehicle. Headlights, Running lights, tail lamps, indicators and stop lights. Replace immediately if not working properly. Always drive in the low beam when driving in heavy rains.
Wet roads often lead to increased braking distance which is very dangerous in case of an emergency braking. Check the condition of the brake pads and rotors. Do check the rear pads in case of disc brakes and in case of drum brakes, do inspect the rear brake shoes. Replace if advised. Do not park your vehicle with the hand brake engaged in case you are parking your vehicle for a long period.
- Leaks & Rust
Inspect your vehicle for any leakages and rusting. Check the floor drain plugs and ensure all are intact. Damaged drain plugs and cause water to enter the vehicle when driven in water and can cause the carpets and upholstery to get wet which can cause rusting in the floor and other metal parts.
Also, make sure there is no water seeping in case you have a sunroof fitted in your vehicle.
- Paint & Body Line
The moisture present in the air, especially in the monsoon season, is not at all good for your vehicle. If you have any patches where the paint has been peeled off make sure to get the surface repainted before the monsoon season. It could cause damage to the body part.
- Pre Monsoon Inspection
The best way for identifying and rectifying issues is to plan a visit to your mechanic/service centre before monsoon season.
Get all the fluids and oils checked. Make sure all things are in perfect condition.
- Spares & Accessories
Rains are vert unpredictable always procure some often used spare parts like headlight bulbs, oil filter, air filter, wiper blades etc. before monsoon to make your travel hassle-free. In case any part gives up, you can get it changed locally.
A small list of spares and accessories you should always carry with you are spare wheel, wheel spanner, vehicle lift jack, reflector, rope, torch and a basic tool kit.
Follow these simple tips to make your journey safer. Cheers!