Monsoon Driving Tips
Speed Control: Always keep safe distance from vehicles in front and maintaining safe speed limit is more essential than usual. The three-second rule applies for distance between vehicles on the highway in the dry, it needs to be increased when the roads are wet.
This will give you more of a chance to slow down in case the vehicle in front suddenly hits the brakes.
Brake Control: Vehicle brakes could become temporarily useless when the vehicle passes through water-logged areas. Push the brake a couple of times to generate heat in the brake rotors. Make minimum use of brakes and try to control the vehicle by apt use of steering wheel, accelerator, brake and clutch.
If brakes are a little old they may not retain heat for a long duration. Cold brakes would be notchy and generate heat slowly which is required for quick braking. Braking should also be done smoothly and well in advance to avoid skidding due to poor traction
Road Path: Drive along the center of the road to avoid driving on mud road tracks. There is high likelihood of your vehicle getting stuck in the tracks. If you encounter any road blockage, park your car in the open away from trees. There are high chances of electrocution of trees during lightning which in turn can damage your vehicle if parked under the tree.
DO NOT attempt to drive through water that is higher than the bottom of your door. If water gets sucked back in your exhaust, it could enter the engine and render it useless, requiring you to replace it entirely. However, if you do seem that it would be ok to go ahead in that case, do keep the clutch engaged partially enough to let the first gear fall in place and coast through the clogged area without speeding up or down.
Ensure foot pedals are not wet or have enough grip for your feet to have control on them. Slipping of the feet from the pedal could be fatal when it comes to car control.
Be extra cautious on flyovers, underpassed and roads made of concrete. They have lesser grip when compared to tarmac.
Visibility– Visibility will definitely reduce, hence be familiar with the defogger controls. Also, use high beam only in situations needed, without causing hindrance in vision for the oncoming traffic as well as the cars immediately ahead of you.
Ensure wiper blades are able to do their job of ensuring a clean windscreen and sweeping the water off the screen with minimum residue lines of the same.
Gearing – Use lower gears in areas where you know traction or grip is less. If you are in high speed situation do not shift to lower gears immediately but do so gradually. A sudden downshift is potentially going to lead to loss of traction by overspinning your tyres and eventually losing control.
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