Driving during monsoon in India is no poetry. The flooded streets, the mud and the potholes make the driving experience nothing less than a Greek tragedy. But for daily commuters and the people who have no other choice but be on the road even during this season, we jot down a few points to help you and your car wade through this period.
Do not follow any vehicle too closely on the road as the water sprays from the tyres can hamper your vision and if the car in front brakes suddenly, you will be in a spot as braking suddenly on wet roads is not a pleasant.
Over speeding is not a great idea on wet concrete roads as sudden braking could lead to fatal consequences.
Avoid using upper-dipper or high beam during rain and foggy days as the bright lights may cause visibility issues.
Avoid flooded roads as the water may enter the air intake or exhaust pipe and damage the engine permanently. Only take the road if you’re an extremely skilled driver and know the tricks.
Visibility is a major concern during monsoon, treat that as a priority and clean the windshields and wiper blades every time before you step out. Also, do not use oil based solutions to clean the glass of your car.
Let the temperature outside regulate the temperature in your car. Keeping the AC in recirculation mode can create fog in the windshield.
Not a great idea to over-inflate your tyres this season as it may provide less grip and also increase the chances of hydroplaning.
Engine brakes are better than wheel brakes but in rear wheel driving cars, excessive engine braking may lead to losing control if your vehicle doesn’t have traction control.
Coasting in neutral gear increases the chances of losing traction on wet surfaces. Stay alert and use the right gear at all times.
Do not use hazard lights unless required, under low visibility condition it is hard to distinguish between parked vehicles and moving vehicles.
Driving on wet roads demands concentration in huge amounts and can be pretty tiring. Follow these simple tips, and make your drive enjoyable and safe.