It takes a lot more than carrying some extra clothes in the car to prepare for the monsoon in India. Your entire driving style and routine must radically change in order for you to constantly be cautious and safe on slick, rainy roads. If you have to drive on a regular basis even during the monsoon, here are 6 amazing tips to help you drive in Monsoon.

  • Ensure your car has sufficient tyre treads
  • Particularly in the rain, tyre treads play a significant role in boosting grip. The treads operate as channels to disperse water and provide for excellent rubber-to-road contact. Make sure the tread depth is greater than the minimum - it should be at least 2mm. Tread wear indicators are small cross ribs inserted in the major longitudinal grooves of most tyres, measuring 1.5 to 2 mm in height. It's time to purchase a new set once the tyre surface is levelled using these ribs. Tyres that are worn are more likely to puncture and, in some cases, burst, so make sure to replace them before or when the tread depth is at its lowest.

  • Wipers and washers
  • Check to see whether your wiper blades have left any smudges or water marks on the windscreen. If they leave either, it's time to have them replaced, as you'll be using them virtually every day during the monsoons. The rubber on the wiper blades cracks due to occasional use throughout the year, especially in the summer, rendering the wipers ineffective when you need them the most. Ensure that the washers are spraying adequately in both the front and back (if applicable), since debris can block the nostrils or the water pump can malfunction, causing the washers to stop working.

  • Keep distance and speed in check
  • On wet surfaces, braking distances are longer, so keep a wider gap between you and the car in front of you and reduce your speed, especially when it's raining. This provides you not only enough room to brake, but also a bit more time to respond, which can save your life. It will also provide you a better perspective of the road ahead, which will come in useful with the increasing number of potholes and debris.

  • Leaks and rust
  • Clogging of drainage holes surrounding the car is a very regular occurrence that can lead to rust formation if water gathers in the area. Rusting is also a significant problem, and it's better to have the rusted portions repaired or replaced before it spreads. Because of the higher levels of moisture and temperature fluctuations, cars are more prone to rusting during the rainy season.

    It's a good idea to find the source of leaks as soon as possible and have them fixed; drainage holes can be unclogged after a thorough cleaning and service.

  • Drive slowly
  • When the rain starts to fall, you must learn to drive slower and more cautiously. Because your car responds to inputs much slower on wet roads, you must give the car some time to come to a complete stop when you slam on the brakes. On a wet road, though, you should never slam on the brakes because the automobile could quickly skid. You must also be careful and smooth when shifting gears so that the car has ample time to respond.

  • Steer clear of standing water
  • When you drive across puddles, water splashes all over the place. As a result, you run the risk of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle. Aside from that, it can impair your visibility as well as the visibility of others on the road. Let's not forget that standing water often hides potholes and other debris on the road, putting a strain on your car's braking system.

  • Switch on the headlights
  • Because vision is substantially reduced in the rain, regardless of the intensity of the rain, it is a good idea to turn on the headlights. This not only improves your visibility, but it also improves the visibility of other road users.