Monsoon is just around the corner, and it certainly offers the much-needed respite from the scorching heat and humidity. However, the unpredictable nature of monsoon also brings enough problems, especially for your vehicle. Here are ten tips to maintain your vehicle during the monsoon:
- Check-up and Servicing: Book for a service session during the pre-monsoon season and get your vehicle checked thoroughly for any electrical or mechanical malfunctions. By doing so, your vehicle shall be monsoon ready and prepared to sail through the clogged roads in heavy traffic zones.
- Tyres: Replace cracked tyres, check the air pressure, and ensure the wheels are properly balanced and aligned. This shall prevent your vehicle from skidding during the rains.
- Brakes and Brake pads: Get the brakes of your car checked and oiled well to make sure they are in working condition. Well-oiled brakes guarantee your safety on a wet, slippery road. In case of motorbikes, keep the drum brakes clean from inside, or the discs and calipers mud free. Worn out brake pads can have a negative impact on your bike’s efficiency. Also, get your bike’s brake fluid and anti-lock braking system(ABS) checked to waive off any discrepancies.
- Chain: If your motorbike has a chain, it is important to get rid of the mud stuck in the chain links and lubricate the chain amply using grease/engine oil.
- Engine: The engine of a motorbike is usually exposed to the vagaries of nature, and the engine components attract a lot of mud during the monsoon. Remove the mud carefully before it dries out, and be alert while doing so, since the engines are generally hot after a drive.
- Wipers: Check if your car wipers are functioning properly since their rubber lining tends to wear off quickly. Mix a little quantity of mild detergent in the wiper washer bottle to keep your car’s windshield clean.
- Car Exterior: Do not cover your car’s exterior when drenched in rain. Rainwater adversely affects the shine of your car’ paint, and covering the wet car can totally chip off the paint upon drying. It is suggested to get a wax polish that can act as a protective layer on the car’s paint, and an anti-corrosion spray for the exposed metal. Greasing the door hinges, keeping your car’s headlights and fog lights clean by wiping them with some toothpaste are other miscellaneous yet important tasks you can undertake to maintain your car in the monsoon. Pat the car dry after a good drive in the rain.
- Car Interiors: Moisture inside the car can lead to unwanted growth of fungus inside your car. Cabin leg space is a fertile area for the growth of fungus, and it would be safe to use washable fabric mats, instead of rubber mats to avoid contracting any fungal infections. Dry vacuum the car regularly during the monsoon to remove any foul odour and extra wetness in the seats.
- Demystification: Ensure that your car’s AC is working properly. Due to humidity and moisture during the monsoon, fog appears on the windscreen thereby reducing visibility. Turn on the defogger and the AC to clear the fog, and dry the windscreen.
- Avoid Cornering and High speeds: Cornering your bike and driving on high speeds are a complete no-no in any season, and more so during the monsoon. Cornering your motor bike or driving too fast on slippery roads during the monsoon can amplify the scale of the damage leading to disastrous consequences for your life. If you are riding in stagnant water, try to keep the revs at mid-range so that rain water does not enter your vehicle’s exhaust system.
Despite diligent adherence to these tips, there’s no guarantee that your vehicle shall not break down during the monsoon. Thus, a critical point for you to remember while driving is to carry essentials like a valid driving license, registration papers, and motor insurance policy papers. A good motor insurance policy such as the Bajaj Allianz two wheeler insurance plan with an add-on Road side assistance (RSA) cover or Bajaj Allianz car insurance plan with an in-built RSA cover, available on Finserv MARKETS, can be your lifeguard during the monsoon.
Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance on Finserv MARKETS offers comprehensive four-wheeler insurance plans that provide coverage against road-accidents, damages caused due to natural calamities and man-made disasters. You can also enjoy cashless claim facility across 4000+ garages and no claim bonus up to 50% with this plan. Similarly, you can avail an umbrella of benefits that include coverage for your bike in the event of accidents and damages caused due to natural calamities, under Bajaj Allianz two wheeler insurance. Also, the Road Side Assistance (RSA) cover available at Finserv MARKETS offers 24X7 spot assistance by Bajaj Allianz when you are stranded with your vehicle in any location. So, for all practical purposes, buying an RSA cover along with your motor insurance policy can rescue you from any unforeseeable vehicle woes in the monsoon.
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