The rainy or monsoon season is one that sees the majority of car or motorcycle accidents, as the weather greatly increases the risk factor when driving. Although there is no way we can control the weather, it’s possible to decrease the amount of risk that we put ourselves in when driving in the rainy or monsoon season by taking good care of our cars. We’ve put together a list of car care tips for use during the monsoon or rainy season that will help you drive safer and help keep your car in good condition.
Making sure that your car’s tires are in good condition before the monsoon or rainy season arrives is crucial. Although the tires are one of the most important parts of your car, many drivers overlook them when preparing their car for heavy wet weather. When checking your tires you will need to ensure that the tread depth is no less than 2mm, as any less and they are likely to skid over wet or slippery surfaces. As rubber tends to soften when it comes into contact with water, it’s vital that you check your tires regularly throughout the season to ensure they maintain their good condition.
Wipers and Washer
As wiper blades have a tendency to wear out quickly after prolonged used, it’s important that you check them regularly during the rainy season. You will be using them on almost every drive, and getting stuck in a downpour without correctly working windscreen wiper blades is extremely dangerous. It’s recommended that you change your wipers each year before the monsoon or rainy season. You can purchase wiper blades, rubber and washer from reputable stores selling auto body shop supplies.
Brakes are vital to driving safety, and it’s important that you keep them clean and replace the calipers regularly in order to keep them dirt free. As water can wet the brake drums and cause the brakes to lose efficiency, it’s important to keep using your brakes throughout the rainy or monsoon season in order to dry them out. Brakes should not be too tight or too loose, and it’s important to check and maintain them regularly during wet weather.
Because of the slight acidic nature of rainwater, it can cause damage to the bodywork of a car if the car is exposed to rain for a long amount of time. By applying a wax polish to your car regularly you will protect its body from the rain. The wax will also help the water to roll off easily as well as protecting the paintwork. Prolonged exposure to rain can also cause rust, and in order to prevent rusting it’s recommended that you apply an anti-moisture spray. You should also grease all the door hinges and replace any loose rubber lining on the doors before the rainy season begins.
How do you keep your car in top condition in the monsoon or rainy season? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.