Most important parts of cars which need special care during rains include:
Wipers And Washer
Wiper blades are a compulsory items when it comes to drive in a rainy day. A bad wiper blade will leave water and blind spots on the windscreen. A continual usage will add another screeching noise-advancing to leaving a non-removable scratches on front glass. These are potential hazards which will be directly related to driving nuisance and safety. Second thing to be taken in accounts is washer fluid, it directly applies in increasing lifespan of wiper blades.
Wiper blades work on glass surface and washer fluid keeps glass surface clean & smooth plus keeping the blade rubber softer for longer period of time. Both this leads-Blades to glide over glass, swiping more water effortlessly -decreasing overall load on connected electrical and mechanical components. It’s always advisable to keep a check on both these items and replace in pairs.
Brakes are the most critical part whenever a self propelled vehicle comes in account. Sadly most people underestimate them, reason? They use it every day, but you must take extra care while you are approaching a rainy season or heading an area high on water blocks. In a water logged area, brake efficiency decreases due to a lesser frictional area in contact at the brake discs and drums.
Brakes calipers have to bear more pressure in subject to bring the braking effect. Calipers and brakes should be properly cleaned and lubricated so, they don’t get jam during a sudden braking. Applying a little pressure on brake pedal with slight acceleration in gears, soon after vehicle has passed through a water block, cleans caliper temporarily.
Before a rainy season arrives, you must get your vehicle equipped with another coat of anti-rust under your vehicle carriage. A recheck of Internal panel protection is also suggested. A mixture of water and bare metal is a lethal combination of being Rustic in just no time.
Rust has always been a challenge for Automotive Engineers to cope up with. We suggest to take preventive measures as it’s cure is a very costly, yet laborious too. Hence you must cover all exposed hinges and moving levers to a lubricating/coating agent, also check your vehicle weather strips maintaining a good water seal.
Get your vehicle’s electrical checked for functionality, all lights must lit. It’s a preventive measure in case of low visibility.
Another thing is to get all electrical loose/exposed connections checked up and covered. Air condition and defogger must be checked up for proper functionality. Ensure to carry some extra fuse in the fuse box.
We can’t neglect/ignore a suspension in a monsoon season. Get your vehicle suspension visually inspected and road tested for any Shocker oil seepage/leakage. Do get it checked for excess play in ball joints which may lead to pulling of vehicle and loss of control in the end.
Tyre’s maintenance plays a very important role when it comes to driving in rain or passing through a waterlogged pot-hole. A well maintained Tyre can either make it or break it. On the contrary, your safety and convenience both are dependent on them. Never ignore a Tyre which has been wobbling or pulling in normal operation. Tyre’s tend to fail easily once they reach their tolerance level.
Always ensure to keep an air pressure as per manufacturer guidelines. Always get air filled and inspected when tire is in cold condition. Never let Tyre tread thickness fall below 2-3 mm mark tire and ensure to measure Tyre tread thickness from ribs provided on Tyre tread for accuracy. Using a bald Tyre will work adversely in a condition of hydro-filming in an event of driving on wet street. Ensuring these simple maintenance points keeps your vehicle safe -yet improving kilometers done by them, decreasing force directly exerted on related complex steering and suspension components.
Driving In Water logged areas-General Tips
1.Battery condition should be checked and a coat of petroleum jelly should be applied to the terminals.
2.The Air conditioner should be maintained properly to use the demister/defogger. Set the fan speed to low, turn the vent control to windscreen, set control to fresh-outside air and turn on the AC , setting temperature control to hot and it will help the car glasses from fogging up.
3.In case it is raining heavily and you cannot see ahead, turn on the headlights, fog lights, hazard lamps and drive at a cautious speed.
4.If you are to drive through stagnant water, do not panic. Put the car in first gear and move ahead gently. Do not drive fast and once you step into stagnant water do not stop your car, just keep moving , engine revved up so water might not get in the tail pipe prevented by rushing exhaust gases from tail pipe.
5.While driving into stagnant water, follow the tires of vehicle leading your car. By doing so, you will get to know where your car hits deep and be more cautious.
6.Drive slow on rainy days when the roads are still wet as the stopping distance usually increases considerably on wet roads. Also, brakes may be slightly less effective on rainy days as water generally seeps into the brake pads and disks.
7.If your vehicle get stuck in a mud hole, never race in high speed, otherwise your car wheel will burry itself deep. In that case, put a brick or wooden log behind stucked wheel tightly and move car through it.
We wish you safe and comfortable driving during Monsoons.