This the season of the skies opening up to relentlessly shower us with heavy rainfall. This, in turn, steers us straight towards merciless flooding, migraine-inducing traffic jams, and a whole lotta anxiety! And if you think you had it bad, just wait till the rains hit your cars. Imagining all that sludge, grime and water is enough to make anyone nervous, yeesh!
All these have the annoying tendency of accumulating; resulting in further problems like corrosion and electrical mishaps. So, we at Pavan Motors have decided to help you out. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of some pretty handy tips you gotta follow to ensure your car stays damage-free this monsoon.
Rule #1 – Always protect the exterior of your car
Your car’s exterior happens to be first in the line of fire metaphorically speaking; only this time it’s the water that’s gonna be wreaking havoc. If you don’t take up the right protective measures, you’ll find yourself dealing with gloop, leaves, dirt etc daily. Not to mention the disaster that spells for your car’s paint job! And the simplest way to discharge your duties is by making sure all that muck doesn’t get a chance to make itself cozy. If not possible every day, at least set aside one day every week to clean out all the gunk from your car’s body. This way you ensure minimum damage.
Rule #2 – Never, ever use a car cover if your car happens to be parked in the open!
Car covers are a major no-no if you plan on parking your car out in the open. While it can be a shield against those pesky leaves, twigs and the rainwater, there’s also the fact that the cover sticks to the car like glue because of all that extra moisture. Plus when there’s enough sun to dry everything out, car covers can cling to the car coat so much that they actually peel paint off when removed, causing absolute damage.
Rule #3 – Always remember to clean under the bonnet and the boot areas
Make sure you clean under the boot lid and the bonnet of your car. Most often you find leaves getting glued to the underside which ends up clogging your car’s water drainage gutters. They can even gather inside door jams, causing the water to accumulate in crevices leading to severe rusting. This, in turn, leads to all that water seeping into the interior cabin.
Hence the protection for the underbody of the car. This is achievable by spraying a mixture of diesel and used engine oil, that keeps moisture and grime one foot away. Heck, it’s even vital to the protection of all those million mechanical moving parts as well as the underfloor of the car from rust! However, in your enthusiasm to protect your car, avoid spraying it all over the engine/exhaust components and the brake discs, cause the former can be a fire hazard, and the latter can cause a loss of braking (Which is the last thing that anyone needs in this weather!)
Rule #4 – Look after that paint!
The rains can play party pooper with that new paint job if you don’t take the necessary steps to protect it! All that rain and moisture is a death sentence for any car’s paint job. To avoid this sentence, one needs to apply a paint protection film. However, this means you’ve got to dish out quite a bit of dough. So, for those seeking some not so expensive alternative measure, you could apply ceramic paint protection to keep that water at bay. You can even make use of a simple car wax or polish.
Rule #5 – Insulate those Interiors!
Focusing on the exterior can mean the poor interior’s not paid much attention. And most often than not, the interior of the car takes one of the worst hits. Slush, muddy shoes, clothes and magnificent moisture levels can mean lasting damage to one’s olfactory senses. Some quick tips to keep your interiors to scratch include:
Rule #6 – Get the AC serviced
Make sure your AC is serviced well before the rains start pouring down. The AC filter will be put under severe strain trying to cut down on all the moisture and pollutants that enter the car. Which is why it needs to be whipped into shape.
Rule #7 – Demist your windshield with a defogger
Usually, most cars come equipped with an automated front defogger that can be used to defog your windscreen. All you gotta do is turn up the blower speed to max, move to the fresh air mode, and set the front defogger position for the vent. And avoid cleaning any condensation with a towel as this leaves behind streaks.
Rule #8 – Scan your tyres for any wear or tear once the rains set in
The one thing that bugs even the most patient of car owners is driving their vehicles during the monsoons. More importantly, driving them out on the death-traps that happen to be wet, Indian roads! Here are a few tips to make sure your drive remains as safe as possible:
Rule #9 – Stick to the centre lane!
When driving out this monsoon, make sure you stick to the centre lane as much as possible. That’s cuz this lane is set a bit higher than the side lanes and has the minutest chances of waterlogging. If you must drive through waterlogged areas, it’s important to take it slow and steady with the throttle, and avoid the use of brakes. You also need to establish some space between your car and the one ahead of you. If you’re forced to stall, do not restart on any account! This only spells disaster for the engine. Just switch on the hazard lights and push the car to relative safety.
Rule #10 – Avoid the needless use of hazard lights
Switching on those hazards when it’s pouring madly is pretty dicey. If you’re in the business of doing this regularly, then you need to stop ASAP!
Rule #11 – Ensure optimum visibility by cleaning up your headlamps
Keeping your headlamps squeaky clean is crucial for better visibility. The best way to get the reflectors to burn as brightly as the sun is to clean them with some white toothpaste. Only the white one and not the ones with gel in them! Applying some toothpaste works wonders on any faded headlamp. Rub some paste on the area you wanna clean in a circular motion, wipe it off with a wet cloth and voilà!
Rule #12 – Check, clean and change your windscreen wipers for a better view
Get your wipers changed before the rains start pouring in. Avoid falling prey to the cheap knock-offs and always go for the ones from reputed establishments like Bosch. Also, keep the windscreen washer fluid topped up. Add a bit of soap solution to tackle all the mess off your car.
Rule #13 – Speeding is a no-no!
And last but never the least, avoid driving like you’re a part of the Formula One races. The monsoon’s already a pretty tricky season without you jeopardizing everything by channelling your inner Schumacher! With a lower grip and even lower visibility, make sure your driving is as safe as possible.
And there you have it! A few tips to look after both your car and yourself this monsoon. Stick to these steps, and stay safe!