Controlling the rain is not in your hands but taking good care of your car is. You may love the rainy season, but we can assure you that your car doesn’t. The repairs of your car during rainy season never ends and it leaves your wallet completely empty. If you take the time to keep your car running smoothly, it will most likely continue to run well and allow you to save your money, rather than spend it on preventable repairs.
Here are some tips and tricks to ensure safe driving and maintenance of a car during monsoon rains.
The most important parts of cars which need special attention during rains include Tires, Wipers and Washer, Brakes, Body, Electricals, Interiors.
Making sure that the tires are in excellent condition before the monsoons arrive is of utmost importance. The tread depth should be good enough or else they are likely to skid over slippery surfaces due to aquaplaning. Do check the tire tread depth. Do check the tire inflation regularly as tires tend to lose air pressure quite a bit during the rainy season. This regular check will not only ensure better driving comfort but good tire life as well.
Wipers and Washer:
Wiper blades have a tendency to wear out quite fast. Do get the wiper blades checked/changed before the monsoons begin. Also, do check the wipers for proper functioning at all speeds. Keep the wiper washer bottle topped up and if you want you can add a mild detergent to keep the windshield glass clean.
Brakes are one of the most crucial parts of a car. You should regularly clean and replace if needed, the brake pads. Do get the brake fluid levels checked. Brakes lines should be checked too to ensure there is no air/water ingress. Ensure there is adequate brake pedal play for optimum brake operation.
Do not let water, rainwater included, sit on your car. It will adversely affect your car’s paint. While that will be difficult when driving in rainy conditions, using wax polish will help form a thin, protective layer on your car’s paint. The wax will not only protect the paint but will also allow water to roll off easily. Greasing all the door hinges is also necessary. Use anti-corrosion spray on exposed metal areas. Get the rubber lining on doors checked/replaced before monsoons arrive.
If you see any loose or weak electrical connections, patch them up. Make sure external wires are insulated. Also, ensure that all the fuses are working fine and do carry some extra fuses. Check all the lights as it is advisable to keep your parking light and brake light on while driving.
At times, water flows into the cabin area and damages the carpets and flooring. Place another set of mats so that they soak up the dirty water. It is better to use fabric mats instead of rubber mats. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the car regularly so that there is no bad odor left and in case your seats get wet, keep the windows open to prevent fungus development.
Apart from these, you may do some other following things that can make your car more flexible and fit.
proper car paint is another important task for you as rainwater can have acidic components, which corrode the outer layer of your car’s paint job. You can use a protective coat such as 3M’s Car Care UV Treatment that protects your car’s exteriors from a number of things such as bird droppings, road salt, acid rain, and heat. It also helps you clean your car more easily without the worry of chipping paint. You should also wash and dry your car regularly and not let rain water do the job for you.
Clean Your Headlights, Windshields and Windows
Visibility is one of the most basic necessities for a car driver. Make sure that the above-mentioned car components are clean and free of spots that could hinder your view of the road. For your headlights, check whether they are working properly and replace the bulb if it produces a poor amount of light.
Prevent rust & corrosion
When water comes in contact with metal it causes rust and the underside of our cars are most affected by it. It’s the most ignored area of the car as it’s not easily visible and also suffers from corrosion due to flying pebbles and submersion in rainwater puddles. Try 3M’s Anti-corrosion Treatment, which gives a protective layer to the underbody and protects it from rust.
Don’t settle for regular cleaning
Excess water easily gets into your car during the monsoons, whether it’s through a cracked window or the clothes and shoes of a passenger. It mostly affects the seat covers and mats and if not cleaned properly and regularly, leaves a stale smell in the car. Use a car perfume to keep your car smelling fresh. To make sure you and your family are safe from any hidden germs, go the extra mile in car-care and get yourself the 3M GermKleen treatment, which kills up to 99% of disease-causing microbes hidden in upholstery fabric, unreachable corners, ducts and vents, and can also rid your car of the toughest dirt and stains.
Park your car in a ventilated space
You absolutely shouldn’t drape your car in humid conditions, as it will automatically cause rusting. When you’re parking your car, a well-ventilated space is preferable, such as stilt parking. Damp basements or enclosed humid areas will make the car rust deeper and faster. Moisture will take a toll on the care, so you must do your best to avoid it.
Take special care of the brakes
Rain can take its toll on the car brakes too and that is not a risk you would want to take. Drum type breaks are especially affected by water, resulting in decreased stopping power. If your brakes do get damp, get your car out of the water as soon as possible. Once out, hold down the brake pedal and accelerate slowly to dry out the brake pads. If the problem stays, get your car checked at a service center.
Don’t start the engine in the water
As confusing as it may sound, but if you are stuck in water, deep enough to enter the tail-pipe, don’t start the vehicle. If you do so, chances are that the water will enter the engine through the tail-pipe, causing a malfunction in the system. Instead, push the car out of water manually. Or, if you see water ahead while driving, don’t slow down the car in the water.
The importance of wipers is understood when it’s raining. The windshield of the car is bound to get dirty in the rainy season and wipers come in handy to clean it. But think twice before cleaning a windshield with dirt on it. A moving wiper with dirt on it will leave scratches on the screen. Use a newspaper or cloth to wipe it clean.
Check your battery
While a car battery can last up to five years, the rainy season in this country often cuts that down to just one or two. Cold, wet weather can stress your battery, and humidity can cause terminal corrosion and minor electrical grounds that can drain it overnight. If your car becomes harder to start, or the lights dim at idle, or if the battery shows signs of drying out or bloating, it’s probably time to change. Spending for a new battery is a whole lot better than spending the night stranded in the rain.
If you have to drive through stagnant water, do not panic. Put the car in first gear and move ahead slowly. Ensure you do not have to come to a stop in the stagnant water. If you cannot avoid it, just keep revving your car a bit to keep the water from entering the exhaust system.
Drive slow on rainy days when the roads are still wet as the stopping distance usually increases considerably on wet roads. Also, brakes may be slightly less effective on rainy days as water generally seeps into the brake pads and disks.
Tool Kit – This is a must have and though it comes with every car, make sure there is one anyway.
A flashlight – You will be glad you decided to keep one in the car if you ever get stuck somewhere in the dark. Yes, everyone has one on their smartphones now but having one comes in handy in case you have to break a window or you run out of juice on your phone.
Food – Carry a few small packets of biscuits in the glove box. Helps in case you’re stuck in a bad traffic jam
A medical kit – While every car has one, you can add to it, in accordance with your needs, for emergency your car during the monsoons.
Some essentials to maintain your car properly
We wish you safe and comfortable driving during monsoon. So, stay tuned to Hiroshi Bangladesh Ltd. for more useful tips and do let us know if you found our Car Care Tips for Monsoon or Rainy Season useful or not.