Car owners alert! Follow these 7 tips to keep your second-hand car in good condition during monsoon
North India might be facing an intense heatwave as temperature soar to all-time highs, but it is only the matter of time before rains bring the mercury down.
North India might be facing an intense heatwave as temperature soar to all-time highs, but it is only the matter of time before rains bring the mercury down. Yes, much to everyone's delight, monsoon is set to hit the country and the much-needed relief is not very far away. However, it will also raise a new problem as heavy rainfall often leads to floods, traffic jams and a lot of other issues. At the same time, it brings challenges for your car. The situation can be more tough in case you own a second-hand card. Shubh Bansal, Co-founder, Truebil explains 7 ways to keep your second hand car in good condition during monsoon -
1. Keep an eye on Tyre Treads:
Rain makes it tough to control the car and it is important to make sure that your tyres are in the best possible condition. "We need to be responsible about tyres on a regular basis because that can lead to erosion of tread on the surface. Tread are the patterns or grooves on the tyre serving an important purpose. Tyre treads add friction that helps in maintaining the grip on the road. During rain, the traction on the road is reduced and hence one needs tyres in the utmost condition with good tread grooves to keep the car from skidding and glued to the road," Bansal said.
2. Check the wipers:
Bansal said that wipers are to rain as light is to dark. "Rubber blades face a lot of heat during the summers and eventually tend to crack down or deform. A bad wiper will not windshield properly. So get your wiper rubbers changed in time," he said.
3. Cover your car:
There is no better way to protect your car than to keep it covered for most part of the day. "Invest in buying a decent cover for your car if you haven’t already. For the obvious reason, it protects the car from getting wet, but also stops formation when the water evaporates. Besides, it will also protect it from small debris scratching it," he said.
4. Go all-in with the lights - Be seen:
"You don’t want to get stuck up or bang into another car due to lack of visibility. Check for proper working of all lights such as Head light, Tail lamp, Fog lamp, Indicators and reverse light," Bansal explained.
5. Service your AC:
You may think that AC works the most during summers, but it has to work overtime to reduce the moisture and all the wet grime particles that enter your car during monsoon as well. So, make sure your AC is serviced before the rains begin, Bansal advised. "Use the car’s air conditioning to prevent the windows and windshield from misting and condensation," he said.
6. Keep the wiring intact and check for the battery life:
"Batteries tend to damage during wet conditions. Protect the battery effectively by applying a coat of petroleum jelly on its terminals. Consider carrying backup fuses. Also insulate all external wires, patch up all the loose and weak electrical connections to avoid sudden breakdowns in the rains," he said.
7. Keep your interiors fungus free:
Fungus loves dampness. There is chance that it gets settled within the seats and carpets of your car. "Wet and muddy shoes, wet clothes and high level of moisture can cause the insides of your car to smell. The best way to keep the water and muck off carpets is to use old newspapers as it absorbs water instantly," Bansal added.
Apart from these, there is a lot more in a car to check so as to avoid unwanted situations. Bansal urges the car owners to keep their vehicle handy with an umbrella, torch, newspapers, medical kit, emergency contact numbers, extra set of headlamps and tail lamps.