After 4-5 months of scorching, & unbearable burning heat and warm temperature, the approaching monsoon is despite a relief, right? What’s more, planning for a tour by your car on some hilly area is a good option but make sure your car is ready for the heavy rains & unexpected storms. Although, monsoons provide you the relief from the heat but also carry with them the risk & danger of slippery roads, potholes, and rough road patches, so get your car ready keeping in mind these loopholes of monsoon.
Below are Some Essential Monsoon Car Care Tips-
1) Check the Wheels
Your tires experience the most wear and tear, fighting with the heat during the summer. It’s dependably a good thought to give them an intensive pre-monsoon check. Look for the worn-out threads or buy a new tire tread depth tool to measure & check the tires’ consistency. This averts/prevents the aquaplaning or skidding of the tires on wet & slippery roads. Also, check the tire pressure, and wheel alignment to maintain to avoid imbalance. Don’t forget to, keep the jack, wheel wrench and a spare tire for an emergency.
2) Check The Brakes
With growling population, the no. of vehicles on the road is also increasing day by day that requires constant switching of gears and braking. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that the brake pads, suspension, brake lines, and brake calipers are in fine working condition. While you’re grinding away, also check the brake liquid, battery, and engine oil.
If, the water enters the brake drums, press the brake pedal swiftly and push the accelerator pedal for drying the brake pads. Ensure all safety belts are in good condition.
4) Check The Lights
Heavy rains also affect the permeability, so it’s important that the headlamps, fog lamps, and signals are working appropriately so that the cars in front of and behind you can maintain the distance.
5) Inspect the Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are essential to enable you to see you clearly through the blinding drops of rain. Supplant the wiper blades if gone hard or not working properly. Also, make sure that the wiper washing fluid is filled to the top.
6) Drive at Moderate Speed
Driving at top speed is never thought to be a smart idea particularly when it is the time of monsoon when there is low visibility with slippery roads & blind potholes. Leave early so you can drive gradually & reach safely. Driving at a moderate speed is not only safe for you to but also for the pedestrians for not spoiling their clothes with the mud! Keep up an adequate distance from the vehicle before you and give a clear sign to other vehicles on the road while switching to another lane or taking risky turns.
7) Car Polishing & Paint
Your car’s exterior requires additional TLC amid the storms & monsoons as rust and erosion is likely to set during this weather. Get your car treated with wax polish, anti-corrosion treatment/ Teflon-coating for a smooth surface & shiny looks. Make sure to oil & grease the door hinges, brake shoes, and other screws & nut bolts. Whenever possible, always park your car in ventilated and dry areas to prevent moisture & corrosion due to humidity.
8) Overall Inspection & Checking
Ensure that each & every single electrical part in the engine are working legitimately. Consult a qualified mechanic/technician to check the tailpipe and make sure that the water drain holes are not jammed/choked. Also, Check the AC Vents and heater filters channels to ensure that the air is passing freely; this prevents from causing any haziness & and moist odor. Keep a good air freshener in your car.
9) Preparing For Unforeseen Eventualities
Always Keep a toolbox, emergency first-aid kit, electric lamp, rope, and a portable power bank nearby you. Rolls, dry nourishment and a container of water are essentially important, particularly during the heavy traffic jams.