In India, a lot of care has to be taken to prepare yourself for the rainy monsoon and keep the car ready for it. Your entire driving style and routine needs to change so that you can be always careful and safe on the slick, wet, muddy and heavenly roads. If you’re gonna drive everyday, then we are here to share some tips and tricks that can make your and your car’s life safe and happy. Driving in rainy seasons is a whole lot of different experiences than normal days. Let’s see what we all have to care about.
Inspect your car before driving
You must have to inspect your car first of all for safety before starting to drive. At least you’re waking up after a long sleep. See, what’s all the important things that can be inspected:
1. Test the tyres
These days every vehicle comes with tubeless tyres, and that’s not only a thing to consider. If tyres are too old (have run more than 30K KM) then you should probably consider replacing with new ones. Yeah, I’m serious. Why? Because in the monsoon, tyres lose their charm over wet and muddy roads. Then check proper air pressure to all tyres and per tyre specifications and grips are enough.
2. How’s the brake pads
These guys can not be forgotten. Especially hovering over water. Older and rough ones won’t stop your car at the desired distance from what you have calculated. Brakes are most important to all the vehicles especially in rainy season and off-roading (only Thar can).
Anyway we almost get them changed every year. So why not just before when monsoon comes. Go and get it changed and drive safe.
3. Test all wipers
This is another most important guy after brake pads. If this fails then you will feel like playing hide-n-seek or start singing “Zindagi na milegi dobara” (!just kidding).
Check the wipers rubber and get them changed if something looks weird about it. Change them and buy a bottle of windscreen cleaner and clean it, otherwise wipers will become a boring friend to you on that trip.
4. And the AC
AC helps to prevent glasses getting fogged and keeps humidities out. So, this is very very important to check the AC is working properly. Not just to cooling capacity but removing humidity and moistures also.
Don’t rush (I mean, enjoy the monsoon)
If you are a good driver on normal days, then in rainy seasons situations get totally different. You must have experienced all the differences if living in a place where the rain knocks the door almost everyday. People like us living in Gurgaon face only when the monsoon comes. And transforms all the motor cars into motor boats 😆️.
High speed driving becomes a serious risk to life. When suddenly applying brakes skids the car which results in hitting other vehicles or jumping out of the road. Another case can be hidden potholes filled with water that breaks the car or makes the situation deadly.
During the rain, you should take care to drive slowly and safely on wet, muddy and water lodged roads, the car responds very slow as roads do not provide more grip to typres. So when you apply the brakes, you have to give the car more time than normal to stop at the designed distance place. You should not apply fast brakes on wet roads, the car will easily skid.
Keep the AC running
When driving during rains, the car interior gets filled with humidity and moistures. To get rid of that, keep the AC running in normal mode. AC means AC not just blowers.
Running without AC and windows closed can also make you blind. All the screens will start playing low resolution blurred videos, which will be impossible to recognise the object for your eyes and CPU behind.
Bounced, let me try again. When it rains, our car interior gets filled with lots of moisture which sticks to windscreens from inside. Which looks like tiny ice particles and makes us impossible to see any of the sides. That’s why we keep AC running which keeps sucking all the moisture and throws it out of the car. And also cools us.
Keep Eagle 🦅️ Eyes 👀️ on the roads
If you have driving experience in heavy rain then you must have experienced how visibility reduces dramatically. it becomes a dangerous situation. the car’s headlights should be bright. Always keep your headlights on low so that you don’t blind vehicles driving in the opposite direction.
1. Don’t be so touchy (maintain the social distancing 😆️)
In normal days, there is a 3-second rule for the distance maintained from the vehicle on the highway. Quite obviously, that distance has to be increased by at least 9 seconds in the monsoon season. As discussed earlier, take more time to slow down, the safer you will be on the road. So, even if the vehicle in front of you suddenly brakes, you will have enough time to handle the situation and come to a stop before slamming into the bumper.
2. Stay away from large vehicles (they are cruel)
If you are on the highway and have to drive around busses or trucks, do it cautiously as they always have a wide spray zone and could blind your vision. The bigger vehicles usually come out at night, so if possible you avoid driving at same times when these monsters wake up and start running. If you saw any of these large to mountain sized vehicles give them way to pass you on pass signal. Or if you’re gonna pass to them, then pass by having a huge distance sideby.
3. Stay alert, always
We drive the same in the monsoon days as in the normal days. But, things change in a blink of an eye. When you have decided to drive in the rain. Try to turn the music or radio off, don’t answer any calls (even on hands-free) as these things may distract you. Stay quiet till you are at your destination or out of the heavy rainfall.
4. Use headlights with fog lamps
If it is night and raining then driving becomes a nightmare. Yes, it’s so dark outside that makes it hard to see ahead. Bright light isn’t bright anymore. Roads get darkest black. It isn’t horrible!
Keep fog lamps turned on, to see close things clear. Also keep your headlights turned on in dipper mode (use dipper at night) which will not affect visibility of drivers driving on the opposite side.
Use GPS (Off-course, your favourite one)
If you’re far away from your destination then I would recommend you to start your navigation system especially Google Maps (not sponsored, they said grow up first). Why? Because it helps to avoid traffic and finds alternate routes to our destination with remaining time to reach there.
Park at safe place
You should not park your car in a water lodged place either on the road side. Keep in mind that the place where you are parking the car is not storing so much water and mud. If you have a car cover, then use it so that your car will not be wet. Do park your car for a long time. This can damage the clutch plate and brake pads with tyres.
That’s all, from our side. Share your thoughts and tips. So that we can update this post to make it better. Thanks for reading and checkout our other posts.