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Car safety

Keeping Your Car Safe & Dry during the Monsoon Season

The monsoon season is just around the corner. And such rainy season can be a serious threat to safe driving and also to the condition of one’s car. It is because during this period that most roads become slippery, visibility becomes a serious problem, more potholes tend to develop, and mud tends to stick under the car’s body. These, among many others, contribute to unsafe driving. But one simply cannot control the hands of nature. However, drivers on the road can take extra measures to make sure they have the safest cars out there and to ultimately enjoy the rainy season.

Here are six tips on how to make your cars rain-worthy.

  1. Check the tire’s condition

The first thing you have to check is the condition of your tires. Make sure they are in excellent condition and with enough tread depth. The tread depth keeps your car safe over slippery roads as water on the tarmac gets under the tires and through the tread, avoiding aquaplaning. The safe limit for the tread depth is usually 2-5mm. Do this and you’ll avoid skidding on slippery surfaces. You can make sure your car is one of the safest cars on the road.

  1. Protect your car’s paint

 One of the most important things to do during monsoon season is to keep the exterior of your car in check. It, being the one exposed to the rain, gets affected easily. To avoid the wearing out of your car paint, make sure you apply long-lasting wax polish. The coating will protect the car’s paint and will ensure that water will roll off easily on the car. It is also imperative that you apply grease on door hinges for smooth operation. An anti-moisture spray can also be used on exposed metal parts to avoid corrosion. Check also the rubber linings on your car doors before they fall loose on the start of the rainy season.

  1. Check if electrical parts are working properly

 It’s crucial to make sure you check all of the electrical connections in your car before the rain comes. If there are loose or weak connections, fix them properly. External wires should be insulated to avoid short circuit. Car fuses should also be checked if working properly. Drivers of the safest cars on the road are always carrying spare fuses for emergencies. Lights should also be checked as using brake lights and parking lights are advisable to use during heavy rains with low visibility to avoid accidents.

  1. Maintain wipers and washer

Speaking of heavy rain with low visibility, wipers are important accessories as you depend on them for visibility while driving. These tools usually work well when in brand new condition. But like any other tools, they wore out within the year. With the start of the rainy season, replacing them will be a good idea.

Wiper blades become hard and get coated with traffic film and the windscreen may become oily. These can be cleaned up with soap solution. A teaspoonful of liquid detergent in washer fluid can do the trick.

  1. Check the brakes

Brake calipers are the vital parts of any vehicle. Keep them dirt free and if it requires replacing them, do so. See to it that brake liners are properly lubricated as you rely on them when stopping.  They should never be too loose or too tight. Keep in mind that water makes brake drums wet, reducing its overall efficiency.

  1. Keep interior maintenance. Use car perfume.

During driving, rainwater may seep into the car and may damage the flooring and carpet. And in such cases, odor can accumulate. Use a vacuum cleaner for cleaning the interior of your car. A car perfume can be used to keep the odor at bay.

Keep your car safe during the monsoon and you can make sure you and your passengers stay safe and dry when the rain comes. The safest cars don’t have to be the most expensive ones. Just know what your car needs this rainy season, and you can ensure your safety as well as the safety of other road drivers and make sure you have car insurance.