Tips for Monsoon Driving

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  1. Dhillon

    Dhillon Administrator Staff Member

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    For your Car : -
    Electrical system : Make sure that loose electrical connections of your car are repaired. Exposed wires, if any, should be properly insulated. Coat battery terminals with petroleum jelly (not grease) and use a waterproofing spray to keep the electrical system moisture-free.

    Tyres : Ensure that all the tyres have at least 2mm of tread depth and have sufficient tyre pressure to prevent skidding. A cracked tyre should be replace immediately.

    Car body Care : Apply anti-rust coating specially on the under body of the car and attend to all the scratches and dents on the surface of the paint immediately to prevent corrosion. Apply wax on the car body as it forms a protective layer increasing the life of the car.

    Engine Care : Ensure that the engine is well serviced and watertight. Either use a spray to eliminate the monsoon moisture or unscrew the plugs and wipe them dry with a piece of cloth.

    Interiors : Most carpets rust the floorboards. Place old mast or newspapers on the carpet as they will soak up the dirty water, and keep the floorboard and the floor fittings dry. Vacuum your car interiors regularly to reduce the moisture and to keep your car smelling fresh.

    Wipers :Hard and cracked wiper blades cause scratches on the windshield and reduce visibility. Get new, non-streaking blades, and use soap solution instead of plain water for windshield cleaning. It will increase the visibility when it pours.

    Brakes : Get new break calipers as old and rusty brakes tend to fail when wet. Regular cleaning keeps the brakes dry and improves their efficiency.

    For you : -
    Drive slow : At high speeds, the rains create a fine sheet of water between the tyre and the read surface, which causes loss of control. Slow driving enables the tyre grooves to clear this film out thus increasing the traction.

    Keep the Headlights on : When driving in rain, switch the headlights on at a low beam. It will increase your visibility and allow other drivers to notice you from a distance.

    Windshield Defogging : Direct the air towards windscreen and other glassy surfaces, it will increase the visibility during rains. However, if your car doesn't have and air-conditioner or heater, keep the windows slightly rolled down.

    Spare Fuse : Fuse tend to fail when moist. Always keep a spare electrical fuse if you don't want to get stranded in a heavy downpour.

    Keep Raincoat or umbrella : Keep a raincoat or umbrella in the car at all times, as you never know when you may need to step out in the rain
     
  2. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    I would add : keep the FOG lights on . Lot of people now have the HID white XENONS and they are not as good as yellow. SO keep the fog lights to yellow and then turn them on when its raining
     
  3. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

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    Something i would also like to add...after wading through water, cleanse the brakes by applying some pressure on the brake pedal while accelerating, it will wipe the water off the discs so that the the next time you brake you get optimum braking, in some cases(especially in the case of non-ventilated solid discs), the water gets in between the brake pad and the discs which causes some delay in braking force..!
     
  4. jonhmartin734

    jonhmartin734 New Member

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    I wise to share my tips here
    Wiper blade maintenance
    Using brakes
    Defogger
    Tyre maintenance
    Tyre pressure
    Navigating water logged areas
     
  5. smith

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    Tips for safe monsoon driving
    * Keep safe distance
    * In the wet, it is very important to be smooth with the car's controls.
    You have already ensured that all your lights are working perfectly fine. This is the time to light up and make yourself visible on the road.
    * If it begins to rain very heavily while you are on the road, turn on all your lights, switch on the hazard lamps and park by the side of the road. Wait till the rain subsides, and visibility improves before you get going again.
    If it's raining harder than your wipers can manage to clear out, you won't be able to see much through the windscreen -- an easy enough way to know that you must stop.
    * Avoid puddles and parts of the road where there is accumulated water. You never know what lies beneath.
    It could be an open manhole, or a killer pothole -- both of which will cause your car to take a pretty big hit.
    Ever so often, especially in our cities, you will come across a situation where it is absolutely not possible to avoid driving through standing/flowing water. In that case, let someone else go before you, and carefully follow in their tracks.
    Be sure to keep the engine revved in case the water level is higher than your car's exhaust pipe.
     
  6. callumpowel

    callumpowel New Member

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    Thanks for sharing this awesome monsoon driving tips and it is really helpful for me. Because in which city I am living there are many problem happen in monsoon season. So that this tips really helpful for me.
     

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