Soak yourself in the splatter of the rain drops on your car windows and your favorite music playlist, or stop over for a cup of hot tea – nothing can beat the thrill and the fun of a long drive in the rain.
However, monsoon driving can be quite challenging too. Here are some “must follow” tips to make your monsoon drive safe and pleasurable.
1. Monsoon check-up and maintenance
A pre-monsoon check-up is an absolute must. To make it easier for you, Ford also holds Monsoon Service Camps so you’re ready for the rains.
2. Leave early, and slow down
Whether you are driving to work or home, pouring rain can make the usual commute more onerous and dangerous. Leave earlier than usual to get some lead time for the extra time necessary, and slow down. The worse the conditions, the lower your speed should be.
3. Turn the headlights on, leave the high beams off
Seeing a pair of headlights coming out of the gloomy monsoon rain will help drivers better identify the traffic. While headlights help us be seen, high beams can also have adverse effects for oncoming drivers. High beams can be a distraction even on a normal day. Use them wisely.
4. Be calm
Traffic snarls are likely to increase. Often, so does the honking! Be calm.
5. Avoid potholes and large bodies of water
Puddles can hide potholes, large cavities and sharp objects such as a broken glass. Do not attempt to drive through deep puddles. Try to drive around them, being mindful of vehicles in adjacent lanes.
6. Beware of hydroplaning, and pull over if it gets too harsh out there
In the event of torrential rains, there is also the risk of hydroplaning, which is when your car loses contact with the road because of rainwater between your tires and the road surface. Watch this video for more tips: