5 things to remember when driving in the rain

Monsoon season is here and that means your commute is going to get a lot more hectic. Flooded roads, traffic jams, wet seats and a dirty cabin. There is enough and more to deal with during the rains. But driving in the monsoon season can be rewarding and even quite scenic. But only if you don’t have a breakdown that leaves you stranded or you have to deal with a soggy cabin. That’s why a little preparation and quick thinking can save you a lot of effort. So, here are 5 things we recommend to make your trips in the rain safer and more enjoyable.

Also read: Monsoon Car Care: Change Your Wiper Blades in 6 Steps

A simple check of your lights and wiring can save you serious electrical damage. You can check the tire life by doing the coin test or looking for the tire wear indicator

1. Check your lights, electrical system and tires

Your vehicle’s lights and wiring are easily prone to damage in the rain. Make sure headlights, gauges, and other electrical components are working properly. Cover any exposed wiring to prevent a short circuit that could cause further damage to your car and your wallet. Check tire depth during rain to ensure you have enough traction on the road. If the tires are at the end of their life cycle, they should be replaced immediately.

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Adding a rubber mat helps clean up mud and water easily, while newspaper is a great stopgap measure and is also easier to dispose of.

2. Keep a rubber mat or put a newspaper

Don’t let mud and water ruin your car’s interior and a practical way to tackle this would be rubber floor mats or just newspaper. Put them on the floor before you enter. The paper absorbs the water from your shoes and will keep the cabin dry. Don’t forget to dispose of the newspaper later after using it.

Also read: Monsoon Car Care: 7 Things To Do When Your Car Is Stranded In Floods

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Wet clothing leads to damp seats, and prolonged wet seats can lead to mold growth. Avoid it by placing a towel to absorb the water.

3. Put a towel

If you manage to get the seats in the car wet and then do not dry the cabin in time, it will leave behind an unpleasant odor and could also lead to mold growth. Instead, place a towel on the seats to absorb water from your clothing and keep the seats dry. Not only does the towel absorb water, it helps keep the cabin odor-free, while there’s less chance of water seeping into cracks and causing long-term rust.

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Maintain a four-car distance during rain showers when traction levels are low on wet roads

4. Keep your distance

Stopping distances are longer on wet roads due to less traction. Therefore, always keep a distance of at least four vehicles between you and the car in front so that you have enough time to brake in an emergency. With less friction on the line during the rainy season, be careful with your gas and brake pedals to stay in control at all times.

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The defogger is your best friend during rainy weather to clean your windshield. Be sure to also repair your HVAC unit to easily regulate cabin temperature

5. Stay visible

Your car’s defogger is your best friend during rainy weather. Use it liberally to keep your windshield clear at the front and rear. Don’t forget to change the direction via the dial if you have a manual air conditioning system. If your car doesn’t have a rear defogger, be sure to regulate the temperature using air conditioning. When there is fog on the window glass, just roll down the window and move the air vents away.

We should also mention that, fun as it may seem, don’t splash water on other people. Be mindful of driving in the rain and that extends to pedestrians as well. And remember not to turn on the hazard lights the moment it starts to rain. You are not making yourself visible by doing so. Hazard lights or warning lights in your car are for emergencies only and should be used only in the event of one.

We hope these tips will help make your travels better and safer during the monsoon. Happy driving!

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