Top 10 Car Accessories You Must Buy or Have During Monsoon and Rainy Season
Top 10 Car Accessories You Must Buy or Have During Monsoon and Rainy Season
Monsoon is a season of love. It gets really romantic when it rains. With the dark clouds hovering above, the pouring rain and the misty monsoon air, it is one of the best seasons to skip work and spend it with your loved ones and family.
When it comes to that someone special, taking good care of them is mandatory. Especially during monsoons when the climate can change within seconds, it’s a good idea to be prepared beforehand. People mostly use vehicles during monsoons. So prepping the car for monsoon is a must.
We usually buy a lot of things just for the preparation of monsoon. A raincoat, umbrella, water-resistant shoes are few of the common examples when it comes to the accessories in order to prepare for rain.the same goes for our car.
Sure it has a metal body and is pretty much waterproof when it comes to interiors but it still needs some upgrades to maintain its performance. These upgrades can be essential when it comes to protecting the one you love.
Apart from romance, monsoon also represents mud, slippery roads, and flooded areas. The probability of facing an accident during this season increases exponentially. Upgrading the car with just a few accessories may give you an upper hand in such situations.
Here is a list of accessories you must keep in your car during monsoons:
One of the most important accessory when it comes to driving is a tyre. Monsoon comes right after the summer ends and the scorching heat during summer can leave your tyres in a bad condition.
During monsoons, the roads get more slippery and it is usually difficult to get a grip at extreme conditions. With the loss of additional friction provided by the tyres, your car may be heading up straight for an accident. It’s a good idea to get your tyres checked before the monsoon.
If they are withered its necessary to replace them. Additionally carrying a good spare tyre for your car is a must during monsoons. As the season deals with extremes its always better to have a precautionary extra tyre just in case of emergencies.
Wiper blades are absolutely essential when it comes to monsoons. Afterall they are responsible for our visibility during rainy days. Changing all the wiper blades just before monsoon is a must. Getting a good quality blade is just as important.
A cheaper blade may lack to provide visibility and can even scratch the windshield. Additionally, the windshield cleaner liquid should be filled prior to set off. Addition of a few drops of liquid soap or a small sachet of shampoo can even work in order to get rid of the oil on the windshield.
Another accessory that comes in handy especially during monsoons is car wax. Car wax is usually used to provide a certain finish to your car any season. But you need a car wax, especially during monsoons.
Normal rain cannot penetrate through the car’s clear coat but the acid rain we get during the beginning of the monsoon can surely harm the car in the worst possible way. With the change in atmosphere and a lot of pollution, acid rains are getting worse every year.
Acid rains can strip the car off clear coat and can even sip through the paint causing the metal body to rust. Since the acidic property of the rain, it is important to have a protective coat between the paint and the rain.
Car wax does exactly that. It is always recommended to get your car waxed up especially before and during monsoon. Few coats of the wax once before monsoon is enough to protect the car’s paint during the acid rains provided you use a good quality wax.
Cars with red, white and black colouration may need more applications of wax as they are more susceptible to acid rains and even UV rays.
Cleaning, Checking and replacing your brake pads is an essential step before the monsoon. You must always check brake fluid levels and brake line monitored for proper lubrication. Check your ABS system as well.
Remember, it gets slippery during monsoon so over lubrication may cause the car to skid and if the parts are not lubricated well, the brake lined may snap due to friction.
Mud flaps are again crucial during monsoon. Let's face it, considering the conditions of our road, it is going to get muddy everywhere and nobody likes driving behind a car that is constantly splashing mud.
It's better to opt for mud flaps since splashed mud on a windshield can compromise with the visibility of the driver and cause unwanted accidents.
It's best to get the car engine checked right before the monsoon. Cleaning and checking the car battery and even replacing if need be. Patch up any loose connections. Check the fuses and always carry some extra. Applying petroleum jelly to the terminals help keep the moisture away.
Replacing old mats with the new one is a good idea during monsoons. Also using use and throw cloth mats can also help with maintaining the carpet. It’s a good idea to keep newspapers handy to keep it on the top of the rubber mats.
The newspaper will soak the excess water and you can replace them to avoid the musty smell. Taking out the mats once in a while and washing and wiping them dry is useful as well.
It can be useful in providing additional shade and mist formation on a side window. It can also help stop the water from seeping inside the car. Window visors do not let the rainwater come in while opening the windows.
Protection for the driver:
A kit including umbrella, towels, newspaper and dry cloth should always be kept inside the car. The towels can be wrapped on the seat to protect it from getting wet.
Additional hand towels or cloth can be used to wipe the moisture off the dashboard, steering wheel and gear knob. The newspapers can be used on the mat to protect it from getting wet. Having an air freshener will help deal with the musty smell.
Emergency repair kit:
This kit includes a Stepney, puncture repair kit, tyre inflator, emergency warning triangle, jumper cables, tow cables etc.
Especially during monsoons when the weather can change without a warning and get to extreme conditions, having a tool kit prepared is always the best precaution.
Make sure all the tools are present and are kept in good condition away from moisture. Keeping a spare tyre along is also necessary.
A survival kit must be prepared and kept at all times especially during monsoons. The kit may include a torch, water, food and a portable phone charger.
If you are stuck in a situation and cannot get out, these are some of the things you may need. During a flood, keep your electrically operated car windows open since the water can damage the system and you can get stuck inside.
It is always better to get your car serviced prior to monsoon. I will be more beneficial if it includes changing the air filters and also checking the fog lights and headlights.
Checking different fluid levels including the engine oil is also recommended. Monsoons are unpredictable and anything can happen without a moment’s notice. Hence its always important to be prepared no matter what situation you are facing.
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