The Monsoons are finally here. The ever rising heat of the sun has been reduced to a bearable extent thanks to these dark grey clouds. It’s the right time to take out your vehicle with its windows winded down and enjoy the light breeze on your face. But wait, all is not so good when it comes to monsoons in India. Very often our roads get water logged due clogged drains which can turn out to be a nightmare for vehicle owners. Water, is seeps into the cars mechanicals can cause serious damage to its components which in some cases might be repairable in extreme cases. We have prepared of list of 5 basic and easy maintenance tips which you must follow in order to fully enjoy this Monsoon Season without spoiling you beloved car. Also Read: Top 10 tips to safely drive your vehicle during monsoons in India
First things first, your windscreen wipers need to be in a top-notch condition. They are fairly essential in wiping the water droplets off your windscreen, providing you with a clear view ahead. It is advisable to buy a new pair every year, since they can suffer from damage as they are exposed to different environmental variables and pollution. This leads to the formation of a layer of grit and oil on the wiper blades, making them inefficient. In addition to this, the washing wipe fluid should be kept brimmed up. Also Read: How to take care of your car during winters
The second most important thing that one can do is to take good care of their tires. Worn out tires is a complete no-no for the rainy season and should be replaced well before the rains strike. Damaged tires can lead to aquaplaning and skidding of the vehicle. Aquaplaning occurs when water forms a thin layer between the tires and the road surface leading to loss of contact between the two as a result of which the driver losses complete control over the vehicle. A tire with good treads helps the water to flow through them and prevents skidding and aquaplaning. Since tires disperse a lot of water away from the wheels, in order to prevent your vehicle from spraying dirty water on the traffic trailing you, attaches mud flaps for sheer convenience. Also Read: Do's & Don'ts While Driving In Fog and Mist
Water makes the road surface slippery and effectively increases the breaking distance. In addition to this, water seeps into the brake callipers, making them damp and significantly reducing the braking power as well. To prevent accidents, it is advisable to drive at slow speeds. Also get the brake pads inspected by a mechanic and if they are worn out, replace them with newer ones. Also Read-How to achieve high mileage from petrol cars
Avoid roads with stagnant water
During Monsoons, our roads have always been prone to accumulation of water due to lack of sewage facilities. This problem becomes quite evident especially in low lying areas of the city. Driving on roads filled with water can result dirty liquid to seep into important components leading to a breakdown. Try to avoid driving through such areas and if it is unavoidable, it is logical to tread through water slowly, judging its depth rather than plunging into it at high speeds.
Keep it clean
Wash your car regularly during rains, not only to keep it clean but prevent unnecessary rusting as well. Rain water and the mud that the vehicle accumulates are not good for metal. It is advisable to coat the under body of your vehicle with an anti-rust paint. To prevent the car from getting soiled from the inside because of the muddy footwear, put floor mats and seat cover to protect the upholstery.