Car Driving Tips during Monsoon
Driving in heavy rains comes with its own share of risk. The probability accidents increase multifold in the rains due to various factors. However, some of the below tips will ensure a safer drive during the rains.
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1. Keep it Smooth: Wet roads have lesser traction, resulting in skidding on sudden braking. Hence, drive smoothly at moderate speeds to avoid last minute panic braking or change in direction.
2. Drive Slowly: When the roads are wet, the stopping distance increases significantly. Also, brakes are less efficient due to seepage of water into brake pads and rotors.
3. Start Early: Monsoons are the time when the probability of road blocks and traffic jams are high. Hence, plan ahead to avoid last minute rush.
4. Have a watch on two-wheelers: Two-wheel riders have a tendency to ride fast in the rains to avoid getting drenched. Hence, be extra cautious and watch out for speeding two-wheelers.
5. Turn on the Lights: While driving in heavy rains turn on the headlamps, even during the day time. This helps the fellow drivers to spot you easily.
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6. Prevent Fogging on the Windscreen: Switch on the AC, adjust the air flow of the air conditioner towards the windscreen and set the AC into fresh air mode to prevent the windscreen from fogging up.
7. Guage the Depth of Water Logging: While traversing a waterlogged stretch, wait and see how other cars go in and come out of the stretch. This gives you a fair idea on the depth of the water logged. Don’t venture if the water level is above the height of your running board.
8. Don’t Stop the Engine: While traversing a waterlogged road and the exhaust pipe is under water, never switch off the engine midway. This may result in water entering the exhaust pipe. Maintain a steady pressure on the accelerator pedal to prevent water from entering the exhaust pipe.
9. Hydroplaning: Hydroplaning/ Aquaplaning occurs when a layer of water gets between the tire and the road, resulting in loss of traction and eventual loss of control. Avoid hydroplaning by slowing down in highways having stagnant water, avoid hard braking, avoid sudden change of direction and by following the driving tracks of the car ahead.
10. Keep Car in Good Condition: The condition of your car is very important to tackle monsoons. Ensure the tires have sufficient thread to displace water. The wipers should be replaced if the rubber blades have become hard and cracked. Keep the brakes checked for wear and ensure the brake calipers are dirt free. Ensure the electricals are well insulated. Check all the door and joint rubber beadings, as a crack or cut in the rubber lining will result in water entering the interiors.
A safe driver is the best driver.