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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.
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