For a car owner nothing gets the heart racing quicker than being on the roads. Long drives, romantic getaways – every season comes with its own set of charms. Especially the rains, when the countryside gets flooded with green.
But then, the rain also plays spoilsport: playing havoc with the working of your car. Hence, you need to take special care of your car during the rains.
The 3-pronged approach to car-care in the monsoon.
To ensure that your car doesn’t break down during the rains, we have broken down the list of things to be done into three. Things to be done: 1). Before Monsoon 2). During the Rains and while 3). Driving in the rain
Get your car monsoon ready: Beginning with the five-rupee idea
Begin with the tyres. Check for worn-out treads – use a tyre tread depth gauge, or a 5-Rupee coin! Place it between the treads: if the coin is half covered with the tread, your car is okay; otherwise replace the tyres.
Check the brakes; we suggest you do with the help of authorised personnel. Ensure that the brake liners are properly lubricated.
Since visibility is extremely important, check the wiper blades too. Replace them every year before the monsoon. As a home remedy, adding two parts of dish washing liquid to the wiper washing liquid will help you keep your windshield spotlessly clean. Also wiping the headlamps with some toothpaste and then cleaning them with water makes them shinier.
Check your car insurance: see if it includes Add-On covers such as Monsoon Roadside Assistance, Engine Protector Cover and Hydrostatic Lock Cover.
Your car doesn’t need an umbrella during the rains, literally!
Covering your car during the rains is not advisable. This causes the car's body to rust; actually making the rust set in faster and deeper.
Instead, use rust-protection treatment on the underbody, engine bay, the exposed chrome on the exteriors and leaf springs to take care of moisture. Take proper care of disc brakes, calipers, wheel drums, rubber parts and electricals.
Driving in the rains? The mantra is Think & Drive!
Check the brakes, check the radiator fans and keep the AC and Central Locking off, windows slightly lowered while driving through flooded areas.
If your car has gotten submerged, get a technician to inspect and clean it before starting it. Even if the car starts up, its engine, transmission, brakes and electrical systems are at risk.
Also note, re-starting the car if it stalls while driving through a flooded area is extremely dangerous. It can lead to hydrostatic lock, which causes damage to the engine. For safety’s sake, push the car out of the area and inspect it thoroughly before driving again.
Follow these suggestions, and ensure that your love affair with the roads goes a long way – even during the rains!