It’s always a puddle of emotions when the monsoon arrives. Same goes for our car too. While many out there love the adrenaline of driving their cars in heavy rain, there are a few things to keep in mind for better maintenance of your car.
Wet roads and moving vehicles cannot work together and should be avoided as much as possible. Unfortunately, during this pandemic, not everyone works from home or is forced to leave a safe home. If you must drive during the rainy season, you should keep in mind some important tips, they will definitely help you drive better and safer.
The clearer your view, the better
One of the things we don’t realise is how quickly our vision of the road can be hampered when driving in the rain. This is why we always need to keep the front and rear windshield clean at all times. Wipers help in a big way to keep things clear and safe while the AC helps in circulating fresh air and stops the windows from fogging up. The better your vision, the better you will be able to drive.
Keep your feet dry
We all know how wet shoes on a metal surface (manhole cover) and friction become an unattainable dream. Likewise, during the rainy season, you may enter a car with wet shoes, and using these shoes to control the accelerator, brakes, and traction can be challenging. High-quality rubber pads come in handy here, you can quickly dry your shoes, allowing you to ride safely. If the beauty of the shoes is more important to you, you can wear a shower cap on the shoes to prevent the shoes from getting wet and dirty.
Maybe slow down a little bit
Speeding is the main cause of car accidents in India, and the danger only increases when it rains. On rainy days, it is best to relax while driving. Water skiing is a phenomenon in which a thin film is formed between a car tire and the road surface. This can cause the car to slip and eventually cause the driver to lose control. Water skiing occurs when the vehicle is driving too fast and the tires are not properly attached to the road. When driving slowly, the risk of skidding is greatly reduced, and even when skidding, it is easier to control at lower speeds.
Stick to the middle
The road is equipped with side drains so that excess rain or water can be drained quickly. However, on Indian roads, these sewers are often blocked and cannot work properly. This means that a lot of water tends to gather at the edge of the road instead of in the middle. Therefore, if you want to make driving safer during the rainy season, you should choose a location close to the center of the road. When you drive sideways, you not only risk hitting large potholes and engine water, but other cars can easily splash water on your car and windshield, making it difficult to see ahead.
Puddles are a hurdle
India’s roads and heavy rain are likely to be the biggest enemies on the planet, and when these two opponents collide, they will eventually become puddles. Deceptive, usually muddy, inevitable pits filled with water, dirt and whatever you choose to sink in. If the driver does not take the puddle seriously, the puddle is very dangerous. It is best to avoid roads with puddles, but finding a road without at least one pothole is a tricky task. If you really need to drive into one of them, try to measure the depth of the puddle by looking at the water around the puddle.When other vehicles drive through the puddles, observe and follow them. If you are aware of potholes and know that the puddles are deeper than you want, then it is best to avoid them altogether. It is best to assess whether the water in the puddle is above the threshold level. If it doesn’t, and you decide to turn it off, always place your foot carefully on the throttle to prevent water from entering the car’s exhaust pipe.