Before the monsoon, it is important to make sure the car is in physically optimal condition to face the monsoon. Take care of all the checks to be done according to a checklist.
1. Wipers and Windscreen:
• Buy new wiper blades every monsoon – old ones may get hard, dry and scratch your windscreen
• Check that your wiper motor is working fine on all speed settings
• Ensure your windscreen washer tank is full up.
• Using windscreen washer fluid helps to keep your screen cleaner than with just plain water
• Check your tyre treads – they should be at least 2mm deep
• Inspect the sides of each tyre for cracks in the rubber
• Check tyre pressure each time you fill fuel – including the spare
• Always inflate to the recommended pressure only
• Check all wires to ensure that they are well-insulated
• Battery terminals should be well greased
• Check door seals and underbody for signs of leakage
• Always use rubber mats during the monsoon – carpet mats smell bad when they get wet.
• Consider using a car fragrance to avoid the damp odour
5) Key Essentials
• Carry a torch with extra batteries – always useful in the dark
• ‘Dry Powder’ Fire extinguisher to put out electrical fires
• Double-check the medical kit for expired medication
• Snack items like chocolate, wafers, biscuits and drinking water can help if you get stuck in the middle of nowhere
• A car charger for your cell-phone
If your car has tubeless tyres, an emergency tyre puncture repair kit can help you inflate your tyres sufficiently to drive to the nearest workshop.