While Driving in Rainy Season, it is very important to make sure that you car is in optimal condition to face the constant waterlogging and frequent traffic jams . Here are a few Maintenance Checklist that can help you maintain your car in this rainy season .
Also make sure that you practice your driving test using an online test as this is a brilliant way of practicing to make sure that you are very well prepared for the real test.
Monsoon Maintenance – Checklist
1. Wipers and Windscreen
- Check your wipers and replace them if they are worn out.
- Make sure that the water nozzles are not clogged.
- Always keep washer fluid topped up preferably use windscreen washer fluid than plain water, to clear the muck that might sit on your windshield. If you notice dents or cracks on your windshield, visit your auto repair shop immediately for a mobile auto glass repair.
- Check your wiper motor is working perfect at all speed settings.
- Direct the flow of the air-conditioner onto the windshield if visibility is hampered by the fog.
- Make sure your tyres have enough tread depth (more than 2mm).
- Maintain the tire pressure as per the recommended value
- Inspect the sides walls of each tyre for cracks in the rubber
- Check tyre pressure each time you fill fuel – including the spare wheel
- If your car has tubeless tyres, keep an emergency tyre puncture repair kit
3. Headlights and Fog lights
- Make sure that the headlights, taillights, and fog-lights are well maintained. The heavy rains, low beams and fog lights will be of great help .
- Check for cracks or breakage on the glass of the lights to make sure water does not enter the light assemblies and cause electrical short circuit .
- Make sure that all the external wires for the lights and fog lamps are properly insulated.
- Make sure your tail-lights are in good working order
- Coat the car’s battery terminals with anti-corrosion grease to protect it from rust.
- Check all wires to ensure that they are well-insulated
- Carry a few spare fuses in your toolkit
- Carry ‘Dry Powder’ Fire extinguisher to put out electrical fires in case of emergency
- Check brake oil level is correct and the handbrake functions properly
- While driving through water clogged streets, push the brake a couple of times to generate heat in the brake rotors which will help in dry the brakes and give sufficient stopping power
- Get your Brake pads cleaned regularly when driving in rainy season
6. Vehicle Body Protection
- Getting anti corrosion treatment is recommended to protect the chassis from corroding
- Anti-rust spray or coating under the body of the vehicle is recommended
- Get a wax coating done before the rains hit, To protect the car’s paint
- Consider using a car fragrance to avoid the damp odour
- Air your car often by opening all the windows to avoid fungus
- Check for Holes in your exhaust , This can allow rainwater to get inside and affect the quality of your exhaust system and also corrode its inner surfaces
- Check all four doors and the boot to make sure all the rubbers are fixed tightly in their places.
Other Important Tips
- Regular fluid check will keep the engine in good health.
- Take your car or truck to a 24 Hour Truck Road Service for a proper checkup and Servicing before the rainy season
- Occasionally rev the engine to force water out of the exhaust
- Always switch on the headlights and the tail lights when visibility is poor. This, in addition to providing you a clear view, will also make your car visible to other drivers on road.
- It is advised to not drive at high speeds during the monsoon due to the problem of aquaplaning/hydroplaning. This is when a layer of water forms in between the road and the tires; this can result in the loss of friction. Crashes due to aquaplaning often occur at high speeds.