Driving Tips

The heat is on its way out & soon it will be that time of the year when the heavens pour & turn everything green. With the arrival of monsoon comes a task of being more responsible on roads.

Here are a few simple things to take a look at even before you start driving to keep motoring safe & enjoy the rains to the fullest.

  • Tyres: Tread pattern on your tyres is one of the most important things in the rains that can keep you safe on the roads.
  • Tip: Make sure your treads are deep enough by simply using a coin & checking if the depth is within safe limits (usually 3-5mm)

  • Washer Wiper: have a tendency to wear out very fast. Replace the wipers blades before monsoon. Clean the windscreen with glass cleaning solution & soft cloth.
  • Tip: Put good quality wind shield washer in washer tank to get a cleaner windscreen.

  • Brake calipers: are the most crucial part of a car and you should regularly clean and replace them when required. Brakes should not be too tight or too loose.
  • Tip: To dry out the brake pads, drive the vehicle at speed of 30-40 km/hr and apply brakes 4-5times.

  • Anti-Corrosion Paint: Get a fresh coat of anti-rust paint applied on the under chassis. Also if the car is parked outside in open, cover it with a waterproof cover to keep water away.
  • Tip: Get wax coating done on your car body just before the monsoons, this will prevent rust formation by filling up the scratches.

  • Lights: Visibility suffers to a great extent while driving in rain. Check the headlights, indicators, reverse indicators & tail lamps of your vehicle before you start to drive.
  • Tip: Yellow lights give a better contrast in dark. Fog lights cover only the kerbs & not distant objects.

  • Electrical Wiring: Patch up any loose or weak electrical connections. Make sure external wires are insulated. Ensure that all the fuses are working fine & do carry some extra fuses.
  • Tip: Check all the lights, it is advisable to keep your parking light and brake light on while driving in rains.

  • Air Conditioner & Defogger: Air Conditioner should be maintained properly even during monsoons as it helps to remove mist from windshields.
  • Tip: Turn on the AC and set it on fresh air setting if the interiors mist up. Run the AC on defog mode for a few times before setting out on rainy day.