Car maintenance and driving tips during monsoon.
Car Maintenance :
- Full servicing – give your car a complete servicing i.e. oil check / change, vacuuming, washing and greasing.
- Check all tyres, including the spare one for tread wears, baldness, cracks and cuts. Replace, if necessary. Maintain correct air pressure. Have a wheel alignment / balancing done.
- Check breaks, horn, lights and electricals.
- Lubricate all door hinges.
- Replace wiper blades, if worn out/hard.
- Check battery for :
- Corrosion – free terminals.
- Electrolyte level and voltage.
- Check proper tightness of fasteners and belts (Fan belt, etc)
- Clean / replace air and oil filters
- Wax your car.
- Install mobile battery charger in your car and ensure your FM Radio is in working condition to tune into announcements.
Driving Tips :
- Allow for more travel time during monsoon.
- Apply brake earlier and with less force than you would normally.
- Turn on your headlights.
- Watch out for pedestrians.
- Defog your windows.
- Slow down when you are driving through still water. Even small amount can cause your vehicle to lose control.
- Be very cautious at night. It’s much harder to detect flooded areas in the dark.
- Avoid low lying areas.
- At any time your life is more precious than your car, so in case you are stuck be prepared to park and walk.
- Obey all caution signs.
In-case of Floods/Water logging :
- In a disaster- like situation instead of trying to reach home, first reach the nearest acquaintance. Try to minimize travel.
- If you must continue driving, drive slower. Leave plenty of room between you and the next vehicle. Give a truck or bus extra distance.
- Lower your window panes while driving through water logged areas.
- Put emergency contacts in your cell phone, to enable any rescuer to inform your nearest ones at the earliest.
- Handy things to be kept in the car :
- Hammer: to break the glass in case of an auto-lock system failure.
- Fully charged powerful torch.
- A working whistle.
- Plastic sheets and spare umbrella.
- Adequate dry, non -perishable food items.
- Adequate quantity of water.
- A well equipped emergency first aid kit with bandage, pain relief spray.
- Reflector tapes – would come very handy should your headlamp give way.