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Monsoon Driving Tips

20th June 2017
Monsoon Driving Tips

India is a vast country with varying topography and mostly hot climatic conditions. Indian drivers are used to driving in scorching heat with their air conditioners on full blast. However, there are on an average 2 months around late June to early September where Monsoons come into play, and Indian road conditions are usually a mess with bad shape of roads and haphazard driving manners during these times.

Long jams are a common sight, road caving and waterlogging are not unheard of. So how do you, in these perilous times take care of your beloved car and yourself while on the drive?

Allow us to guide you -

Preventive maintenance and upkeep source - ytimg

Preventive maintenance and upkeep

The first and foremost thing you can do when tackling broken and soaked roads is to ensure that your car is in appropriate condition to take on the extra abuse. You should ensure you have ample tyre tread on all four corners of the car so that you don't end up losing grip.

The second thing to check is that your drivetrain is in healthy shape. Your engine and gearbox should be serviced so that they can cope with added stress. For example - crossing a waterlogged underpass adds extra load on your engine and it is the worst time and place to have a breakdown.

Thirdly, you should ensure all your wiper blades and car lights are in good shape. Rear wipers are often neglected here, but they are very useful if you find yourself driving in torrential rain on a highway. So it is recommended that you change any damaged wiper blades before hand.

Change in driving style source - scusaroadloans

Change in driving style

One of the most important things that you can do is alter your driving style. We all love driving fast, taking on corners or indulging in the occasional traffic light drag race but wet and muddy roads are not a good time to do this. Even the widest and stickiest rubber you can get on your car has its limits.

And in such conditions it is not difficult finding them. So it is best to drop your speeds by a good 20-30 km/h along with maintaining sufficient distance from others around you. Computer systems such as traction control, stability control and anti lock brakes only help you to a certain extent. Having these electronic nannies taking care of you doesn't mean you can't lose control and crash.

As it is always said, prevention is better than cure.

Avoid wheelspin source - imgur

Avoid wheelspin

But road conditions cannot always be predictable and there would be times when you would have to face waterlogging or jams with slush and mud covered road. In such times many novice and even expert drivers start to panic.

Whenever the human brain senses a danger or threat, it goes into a fight or flight reflex. It means either you fight and take the danger head on or try to run from it to feel safe. Bad road conditions cannot be fought with, thus drivers try to get through them as quickly as possible resulting them in going harder on the throttle than usual. What this does in most cases is that the engine sends more power to the driven wheels. This along with slippery road surfaces translate into wheelspin and we all should know - wheelspin is bad when you want to get a move on. It would dig into soft surfaces and you would end up stuck.

On waterlogged stretches, speeding can cause loss of grip and control which is never a good thing. Also you never know, what is under the water. You might end up hitting a huge bump or ditch that may damage your car and render you motionless.

Avoid using Cruise Control source - autoevolution

Avoid using Cruise Control

This is one of the major catalytic forces towards accidents while driving on wet surfaces. Easing on and off the accelerator, shifts the weight of the car which helps maintaining traction. On the contrary, using the Cruise Control keeps the speed constant, without any weight shift and the car can lose stability quite easily.

Being Focused at all times source - ytimg

Being Focused at all times

One has to be cautious and courteous of other commuters, pedestrians and travelers on the road. Avoid the use of loud music, mobile phone and talking to fellow passengers while driving as it will distract you substantially.

You don't want to be stranded in the middle of the road do you? After all, rains are meant to be savoured with a good drive, some good music and a hot cup of tea right?



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