Every car’s dashboard has inbuilt warning lights that help the driver take note of their vehicle’s condition. These warning lights in the dashboard vary depending upon the fault of your vehicle. Either it indicates that something is ON or some problem has occurred.
What the colour indicates:
Indicates a safety issue or serious problem; check with a professional if this indication shows often. It serves as a reminder about service maintenance.
Orange or Yellow Light:
Indicates that some of the components need repair or service.
Green or Blue Light:
Indicates that systems such as the fog light, neutral state, etc.is active.
What exactly are those dashboard icons?
Indicates that the radiator cap has been overheated and crossed normal temperature limits. You will need to check the coolant level and any leaks.
Indicates that the engine needs a diagnosis because it can affect your vehicle’s emission and engine performance. Usually, the vehicle’s engine has a computer Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC).
Indicates to check your vehicle’s battery condition or alternator belt, because your vehicle’s voltage level will be below the normal level and is causing the charging system to malfunction.
Oil Pressure Warning:
Indicates to check your vehicle’s oil level pressure if your engine might be running with low oil. If this occurs, contact a professional immediately.
Anti-Lock Brake Warning:
Indicates that there is an issue with your ABS: Anti-Lock Braking System. This should be a priority fix!
Seat Belt Reminder:
This light is a prompt that you need to buckle up your seat belts immediately. In some brands, it gives you an indication sound if you are not wearing your seatbelt.
Fog Lamp Indicator:
Indicates that your fog lights are on.
Indicates that your vehicle’s airbag has an issue.
Before starting your drive, always remember to make a note of your dashboard’s various indications. It’s there for a reason and safety should always be the priority.
Good hair day is always gonna bright up a girl’s mood!
We are never gonna compromise on our hairstyle, safety and a beautiful day without sweat and the only thing that could bring us a huge challenge while achieving all of these is a HELMET!
Yes! No matter which part of the world we live in, there’s always gonna be sweat when we put that helmet on and our hair gets worse after the ride. And the sweaty hair which can increase the bacteria number – a perfect recipe for dandruff and hair loss!!
It’s gonna be okay if we are heading back home but what if we are going out? One of the girl’s worst nightmares is having a just woke up hairstyle before going to shopping/college/workplace or even a hangout.
Make sure you follow some checkpoints before you start your day with a ride to make it a beautiful one.
Wet hair + sweat is the worst combination ever. So plan and start your day to make it a happier one till the end. Condition your hair properly so that it won’t get frizzy when you hit the roads.
Choosing a Helmet
Choose a helmet which is washable and has small air ducts inside the cushions. It will help to keep up the air flow and also can be washed as it gets dried easily. Get a helmet liner to prevent bacteria from sweat entering the helmet.
A good hairstyle can be spoiled in seconds with a helmet on! So choose a helmet friendly hairstyle.
For girls who get more sweat, use an appropriate hair style like braids, Boho head wrap, scarf or even a handkerchief to tuck up your hair before you put your helmet on.
Go minimal with your hair and ear accessories. Just carry the heavy ear rings or those cute hair clips with you and put them on after the ride.
Always maintain a comb, a face wash and a cream with SPF in a small pouch, these will keep you going. Later, find some space where you can get ready in minutes for an important day after the ride.
Don’t forget to embrace your messy hair after you pull back that helmet, the ride is always worth it!
Your hair is your crowning glory…own it…love it…Enjoy it!
-Random Pinterest quote
But, what about the days when you just cannot wear a helmet cos’ you gotta keep up that good hairstyle (which is impossible with a helmet)… Like the day you decided to go to an awesome party? Well, ditch the bike & take a cab. Happy motoring!
NO ‘POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL’ CERTIFICATE? FORGET YOUR INSURANCE!
All automobile owners, please take note! The time has come when we are to take responsibility to protect our environment, whether by our choice or not. An important Court directive has been passed today.
In what has turned out to be a landmark direction with respect to environmental standards, The Supreme Court has laid down a crucial condition for vehicle owners who want to avail their regular annual insurance. Henceforth, all vehicle owners who fail to obtain the valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate from the appropriate authority will not be eligible whatsoever for availing their annual insurance. Only upon producing the PUC Certificate will they be considered for annual insurance.
ABOUT THE DIRECTIVE
After years of raising public awareness for this cause, the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority had recommended the linkage of the PUC with vehicle owner’s insurance procurement. A Bench of Justices accepted the recommendation and has passed this direction with immediate effect.
The Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has accepted the decision and ensured that the necessary steps to educate owners for obtaining PUC will be taken as soon as possible.
This decision has been taken also keeping in mind that hardly 20% of vehicle owners today approach Testing Centers to ensure their vehicle emission is under control. Now, with this compulsion, the Court and the authorities hope to ensure that emission is under control & vehicle owners get a sense of moral obligation as well.
ABOUT POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL (PUC) CERTIFICATE
While purchasing your new vehicle, a PUC certificate is issued, the validity of which is generally 1 year. After one year, your car will need to undergo the PUC test at periodic intervals and subsequently a new certificate will be issued to you each time. The validity of this new PUC certificate is usually six months. If in case an adverse reading is obtained in your PUC test, validity of your certificate will be decided on the basis of your current reading.
The cost of a PUC test is very minimal. It can be anywhere from Rs. 60 to Rs. 100, based on vehicle and fuel type. If any vehicle is seen exhibiting higher levels of emission than prescribed limits, its registration number will be informed to the RTO, Assistant RTO or Deputy RTO by the Testing Center within 1 day.
HOW TO OBTAIN
For your convenience, we would like to add that you can get your emission levels checked with your nearest PUC Center Affiliated Emission Center which you can locate on your Internet. These Emission Centers would give you an accreditation based on your car’s emission levels.
Using the accreditation, you can obtain your Pollution Under Control Certificate from any PUC Center near you.
Now that you have obtained your PUC Certificate, you will have no trouble in claiming your annual insurance!
So hurry and obtain that PUC Certificate as soon as possible, to avoid any hiccups in future. Save the environment as well as your pockets! We have tried to make it as clear as possible for you regarding its importance and effect. Keep reading this space for more important updates. Here’s wishing you the best of days! Happy Riding!
The Southernmost state of India has this unpredictable monsoon changes. Be it the regular rainy days at the ending months of the calendar. Or the sudden climatic changes due to the winds originating from Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, the coastal regions have always been prey to the effects of the rains. As heavy property damages form the crux of the aftereffects of the monsoon, let us see how one important property of every household (other than the smartphones and televisions :P) – bikes and mopeds – can be protected.
During and after rainy days, the streets are usually water-clogged, which means the tyres go deep down into the surface of water. It is a known fact that being submerged or partially submerged in water would increase the weight of a component. So, it is advised that the tyres should be pressurized only at a level slightly lower than the optimum, prescribed limit.
Full-on pressures would make the tyres subject themselves to more pressure while being under water, and a sharp stone or a glass piece would mean detrimental to their life.
Spark plugs are located near the engine compartment of the vehicle. Spark plug is the accessory that ignites the engine initially thereby providing the starting torque. But prolonged exposure to watery roads would mean that the spark plugs also get cluttered with water droplets, eventually making them not function properly.
When there are increased chances of the engine being cooled down, spark plugs need to be taken care of effectively. This would come in handy during monsoon periods.
Since most (or all) of the vehicles that are rolled out today are equipped with the self-start facility by default innately, drivers tend to use them whenever the vehicle needs to be started from the off condition.
In reality, self-starter facility takes in a lot of energy than kick-start. It drains a lot of energy from the battery. During rainy days, it might not work as efficiently as the kick start because kick start delivers in more power and heat than this sophisticated method. Due to the moisture content and the other water-related contaminants being present inside the engine and the components surrounding it, more power will be required to produce the heat that would ignite the engine. So, always use kick starter during rains.
Tyre pressure check is not only the single prerequisite that is to be done during rains. Due to the slippery roads, these wheels on motion do not get the gripping property as normally as that during the normal sunny hours. Moreover, constant exposure to water might make the rubber soften a bit and the constant friction with the roads might be lost.
Some parts of the tyre might also get worn out to such an extent that the outermost visible layer of the tyre would come out when rubbed with hands. When the layers get coming out one by one, the relative strength of the tyres with respect to the contact with roads get diminished gradually, thereby increasing the chances of skidding and sliding multifold.
So, it is mandatory to perform this simple test to see if the tyre is in an operable condition. Just hold your index finger and middle finger on the surface of the tyre with full strength and slide through the surface of the tyre. If there is even a slightest piece of tyre that comes out with the fingers, the tyre cannot be used to drive in watery roads.
Alternately, this test can also be performed with sharp fingernails. You can use a substitute temporarily and then use this one back after the monsoons are over.
Do not stress out the electronic accessories:
It is not a good practice to keep honking horns continuously or using the indicator blinkers every now and then, because they take a toll on the battery. If the battery is even slightly exposed to water at its terminals, this prolonged usage would imply that they are spending lots of energy, which might make them malfunction.
Use electronic components only during dire situations. For example, do not use indicators and horns at the same time. A hand signal would suffice if the road is not brimming with traffic.
Penetration of water into the speedometer and odometer displays is one of the most commonly encountered problems in the rainy days. This hardship is majorly faced only when the vehicle is kept at a standstill for a long period of time at a rainy place (not that the problem does not occur while driving in rains at all, it is just a minor share). This is because while in motion, the air that blows around the vehicle tends to dissipate most of the water particles away from any particular place; this is not possible in case of static stationing.
The air that blows around a stationary body is always lesser in speed (due to the fixed frame of reference), than that around the moving object. This difference could particularly be felt while travelling in a direction opposite to that of the direction of the wind flow.
So, the water droplets that stay near the display meters tend to go into them, thereby making them inactive.
Necessarily, do not fill up the tanks to the full during rains. A lot of water gets mixed up with the fuel and you do not want to dilute the fuel and make it futile and unfit. Moreover, the display meters may not work properly, making it all the more difficult.
So it is a welcome note to keep track of the daily distance versus fuel notification. A comparison with the regular mileage would indicate when the tank needs to refilled, and it also serves as a monitor of how much deviation the fuel undergoes during rains.
These are only some precautionary and preliminary measures in case of an emergency. It is better to consult with a credible service center or a mechanic to avoid serious and fatal problems to the vehicle as well as the driver.