Monsoon season means happy days for us, but it adversely affects the car. The muck, dirt, rain water tends to accumulate on various surfaces of the car leading to corrosion/ rust on the exterior surface, growth of pathogens in the interiors and also electrical issues if any. Monsoon rains results in poor visibility, slippery road surface, numerous potholes, water logging etc. Safety of you and your car is prime for us. This list of pre-monsoon measures for your car should ensure that you & your car makes it through the monsoon hitch free.
Most important parts of cars which need special attention during rains include:
Following parts need special care:
- → Tires
- → Windscreen Wiper
- → Brakes
- → Body
- → Electricals
- → Interiors
TIP 1: TIRE TREAD DEPTH: A tire with a less tread depth lacks grip. Braking distance and vehicle control are impaired. It is advisable to drive with > 4 mm of tire thread depth.
TIP 2: TIRE PRESSURE : Tyre pressure should be one or two psi below the manufacturer's recommendation in the rains. The increased contact patch gives slightly improved grip on wet roads. Ensure the pressure is not too low to have an inverse effect on grip.
TIP1: WIPERS : Get the wiper blades checked/changed before the monsoons begin.
TIP 2: WINDSHEILD WASHER: Use JOPASU Windshield Washer in the windshield tank for clear view and smooth moving of wipers.
TIP 3: WINDSHIELD CARE: Ensure windshield is scratch free to cut down night-time glare. JOPASU Clear vision treatment results in crystal clear windshield.
TIP 1: BRAKE TESTING: You can test out your brakes at home by starting the engine, letting your car idle for a while and pressing the brake pedal with uniform force. If the pedal continues to sink there might be a leak in the system. Also, if you feel a judder in the brake pedal in your daily driving it could mean that the pads have worn out and need to be replaced.
TIP 2: BRAKING SYSTEM: Make sure to have your car’s braking system properly inspected by a professional and change worn out components as soon as possible. Worn out brakes could increase braking distances with wrong judgements leading to accidents.
TIP 1: CLEANING: During monsoon, accumulation of dirt, muck and water on the cars body and underbody will adversely affect car’s paint so rinse and wipe the car often.
TIP 2: POLISHING: Using wax polish forms a thin protective layer which prevents the paint from harsh environment like acid rain and stormy weather. Wax also repels the rain water thus protecting the car.
TIP 3: CAR COVER USAGE: Car cover can get stuck to the car body tightly due to moisture resulting into peeling off the paint while removing it. Use car cover cautiously when parking your car in open.
TIP 1: BATTERY CHECK : Check battery and replace if needed. Investing in a good battery will ensure that your car starts quickly and avoid traffic jams.
TIP 2: INSULATION : Ensure insulation of wires and check for any breaks/leakage due to rodents. Use a good rodent spray once in a while.
TIP 3: HEADLIGHTS & BRAKING LIGHTS: Check all the lights as it is advisable to keep your parking light and brake light on while driving in rainy weather.
TIP 1:VACCUMING: Vacuum the car interiors including car seats to avoid bad odour and growth of pathogens (mainly fungi).
TIP 2: LARGE TOWELS: Keep large towels handy to drape them on the seats when you are entering wet into the car.
TIP 3: FABRIC MATS: Use fabric mats inside the car as it soaks up the dirty water.