Taking care of your car in the rain

The season which happens to be the most sought after by all of us is the monsoons. Yet, that is also the season when quite a few cars skid along the road resulting in accidents. While we cannot change the weather conditions, we can certainly do certain simple checks that can help keep the car safe in rains and in turn ensuring the safety of our lives.

Rains are unsafe purely because, they cause conditions like slippery roads, potholes, clogged water, etc., which can easily cause corrosion and rusting of various parts of a car. Water seepage into your vehicle can easily damage the brake and fuel efficiency of cars. Here are a few tips to keep the car safe in rains.

  1. Tyre condition:

    This is very important to ensure car safety in rains. Most of the accidents occur due to skidding on slippery surfaces which can be avoided if the tyres have deeper tread, not less than 2 mm. Also, you have to keep the tyre pressure monitored much frequently in rains, as the water can cause rubber to easily soften. This will help you keep the car safe in rains and ensure that your drive is safe.

  2. Wiper blades:

    It is to be noted that wipers are used very much during the monsoons and the point to note is that the rubber strip on these blades do not last more than a year. Check if the wipers are working fine before the drive to keep the car safe in rains. You can add a milder detergent to the washer so that the windows are wiped clean every time.

  3. The brakes:

    Water can easily wet the brake drums and can result in lowering the efficiency of the braking system. So you need to use them frequently and ensure that it is neither too loose nor too tight. A small way to ensure that your brakes are intact after wading through water for long is by keeping your left foot pressed on the brake while your right foot moves the throttle about.

  4. Body of the car:

    Your car’s exterior can be easily damaged if exposed to too much of rain. In order to keep the car safe in rains, in terms of its paint work, you need to apply a good branded wax on it. It will ensure that the exterior remains intact. There are anti-moisture products you can use on metal parts which are exposed to rain like Rusklick, Zorric, etc. Check and replace the rubber linings if they are not holding properly before the rain starts.

  5. Electric connections:

    You need to make sure that all external wires are properly insulated and your lights are in perfect working condition before the arrival of monsoon.

  6. Interiors:

    Use fabric mats so that any excess water that flows into the cabin area gets soaked up. Keep your car clean and the windows open during the monsoon to avoid any fungus.

Apart from the above, you need to do the routine checks like battery conditions, air conditioning system checks, etc., to keep the car safe in rains.