India is a huge country and the traffic sense amongst Indian drivers and riders is quite terrible. People hardly follow any traffic rules and lane cutting, over speeding, excessive honking as well as driving in the wrong lane is an everyday activity for drivers in India. Since the mighty monsoons are underway, we bring you the top 10 tips to safely drive your vehicles during the rainy season in India. Also Read: Mahindra cars feature huge discounts this monsoon season
1. Stay away from distractions
As a thumb rule, one must always stay away from distractions like mobiles, Bluetooth handsfree devices, music infotainment system as well as car radios. Also, one must concentrate on the roads by holding the steering wheel firmly with both the hands.
2. Switch on headlights
It is a known fact that outside visibility hampers during rainy season and motorists face a lot of difficulty while negotiating through traffic. It is advisable to permanently switch on the headlights of your vehicle in order to improve visibility; both for you as well as the oncoming traffic.
3. Keep 25 metre distance between cars
It is advisable to keep a minimum of 25 metres distance between two cars in order to avoid any unnecessary accidents and hazards as you don’t know what is going to happen next in such low visibility and wet conditions. Also Read: Tips to Maintain Your Car during Monsoon
4. Aquaplaning or Hydroplaning
Aquaplaning is a phenomenon where your car travels on top of the water with absolutely zero or little contact with the road surface. This significantly reduces the traction of your car resulting in accidents.
5. Drive Slow
The best way for road safety during monsoons is to drive slowly, often below the specified speed limits in order to increase your visibility and avoid sudden direction changes.
6. Avoid potholes & flooded roads
Deeps potholes can cause damages to your cars suspension as well as the car’s underbody. Also, driving through flooded roads can cause your car to stall as water can creep into the engine. Also Read: Fuel Saving Tips – How to achieve high mileage from petrol cars
7. Check your vehicles brakes
It is advisable to check your vehicle’s brakes as wet brakes, especially drum type brakes are more prone brake failure thereby resulting in mishaps and accidents.
8. Defrost the windshield
Your car’s windshield, windows and rear windshield usually gets fog on it when it is raining. The best way to avoid this is to switch on the AC and put on the defroster in order to remove the fog on the windshield and windows.
9. Avoid night driving during rains
Since the day visibility in monsoons is low, it is even worse during the night time. It is advisable yo avoid night riding or driving as vehicle visibility is low under heavy rainy conditions during the night time.
10. Use rain repellent products
Another useful tip is to use some kind of water or rain repellent products on the windshield, windows as well as mirrors. This will result in less accumulation of water on the glass, thereby improving visibility.