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Safety Reminder: Monsoon Driving Ahead

We all love the “pit, pit, patter of the raindrops”; the weather cools down, the air smells fresh and clean…but with more rains comes more responsibility – driving responsibility. When commuting in the rain, we have to be extra careful of everything, especially with the state of our city roads and traffic. Here’s a couple of reminders for that little extra precaution.

Check your tyres!
Make it a habit to check your tyre condition before you leave. Do the one rupee coin test to check if your tyres need replacing. If your tyre tread is below the minimum depth of 2 mm, it’s time to change your tyre. When driving in the rain, if your tyre tread is worn down, there is no place for the water to be dispelled out, which leads to loss of traction with the road. This can cause your car to start hydroplaning.

Inspection!
Inspect everything at least once before you set out. Check your brakes, your windshield wipers, and your fuel level. Check that your headlights, fog lights and blinkers work. You don’t want any of these failing if you get stuck in a heavy downpour.

Go Slow!
We get it; you want to get off the wet roads, out of traffic and to your destination. But that doesn’t mean you need to risk your own and everyone else’s safety. It’s always the right choice to drive slower than your usual pace during the rainy season for the simple fact that it takes longer for your car to slow down on wet roads. Braking doesn’t guarantee that your car will stop on time. Wet roads are extremely slippery, making it difficult to get enough traction to stop.

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Plan Ahead!
Traffic is bad on regular days, but on rainy days, it’s gonna be worse. Always plan ahead and give yourself ample travel time to get to your scheduled day.

Light it up!
It’s always advisable to turn on your headlights – on low beam only – when driving in rainy conditions. This will let other drivers know you’re there when visibility is low.

Sink or Swim?
Well, in this case, don’t do either! Avoid flooded roads as much as possible. All your electronic systems and controls will be put at risk. Not to say if there is a pothole under all that water, your car is more than likely to get stuck in the ditch. Never try to drive through water that is higher than the bottom of your doors.

Be Prepared!
Always, always have an emergency kit in your car at all times; extra clothes, shoes, flashlights, tools and even some non-perishable food. You never know when you might need them.

Don’t wait for the warning signs! Time to know what those dashboard lights actually mean

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:

Red Light:
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.

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What exactly are those dashboard icons?

Temperature Warning:
Indicates that the radiator cap has been overheated and crossed normal temperature limits. You will need to check the coolant level and any leaks.

Engine Malfunction:
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).

Battery Alert:
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.

Airbag Indicator:
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.

Why you must change your old tyres ?

In our previous blog post we shared about uneven tyre wear and what causes it. In this post we are exploring about new tyres and benefits of changing old tyres.

The tyres life span is measured by the driver’s handling, the road conditions, the climate and there is no guarantee that how long the tyre last.The regular care for your tyres like alignment,suspension specification,uneven tyre tread,air pressure can extend your tyres lifespan.

The life span of tyres can increase or decrease based on the driver’s handling, the road conditions, the climatic conditions.
If your tyres crossed 40,000 km or 5 years in use, kindly check your tyre’s condition by a professional.
Occasionally your tyres can last more than 7 years but as a precaution replace them with new tyres and use your old tyres as spares.

How Your Tyre Gets Damaged?

  • One of the main reason your tyres gets damaged quickly depends on your driving; sudden breaking, and driving on the damaged roads can get your tyres damaged easily.
  • Your car’s Wheel rim should match your tyre size else it can damage the whole wheel system and can cause uneven tyre wear.
  • Even the climate changes can also affect your tyre’s condition due to variation in temperature on summer and rainy season.
  • Your tyres can also be damaged by speed bumps, sharp objects and obstacles.
  • Check the air pressure when you go for a long drive because if it is not maintained according to the manufacturers recommendations , the vehicles tyres will wear out fast .
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    Benefits Of New Tyre:

  • Safety:

    New tyres give the potential for the higher acceleration on the highways and better grip for your vehicle to stop (ABS can work more effectively) and turn, you don’t have to hesitate or be scared of tyres skidding during rainy days because new tyres provide better grip.

  • Performance:

    The tyre’s performance is based on the tread designs and quality of your tyres. Tyres are changed according to your vehicle’s type(Hatchback, Sedan, Suv) and based on your weather condition for better performance.Better grip translates into better performance.

  • Better Mileage:

    The Uneven tyre wear causes wobbling and vibration which can affect your mileage badly.New tyres don’t wear out early and you can drive comfortably and it can improve your vehicle’s mileage as there is no pressure on the tyres.

  • Better Driving:

    Uncomfortable tyres can spoil your mood for driving, but new tyres are with strong tread, design. Which makes your long ride smoother and better. Compared to your worn out tyres, new tyres are less noisy.


  • Changing your old tyres won’t cost much for you. It is an one-time investment since you’re going to replace your tyres for once in 7 years ; we are not going to replace all tyres at the same time. For a comfortable and safe ride check your tyres regularly.

    Tip : keep a spare tyre good condition with proper tread, it might come in handy at times.

    Spark Plug ! What happens if you don’t change it?

    What is Spark Plug ?

    Spark Plug is a small device which is located inside the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine.It emits the ignition for the combustion needed to start your vehicle.It is directly linked to engine performance, because bad spark plug can misfire during acceleration and might cause you trouble while driving your car.

    SIGNS OF A BAD SPARK PLUG:

    Bad spark plugs can cause improper combustion to occur.It can also cause damage to some parts of your vehicle’s engine.

    Be wary of the following telltale signs of faulty spark plugs:

      ▪️Decreased acceleration – You might experience slower acceleration because the spark plug can misfire at the wrong time when changing gears or accelerating.
      ▪️Starting up the vehicle in the morning is a struggle – dirty old spark plugs might not give out enough spark to start the engine.
      ▪️Causes engine misfire – The spark plug might not give out spark at the right time when accelerating. This can possibly damage internal components of your engine and also reduces the fuel economy.
      ▪️Rough idling of your vehicle – uneven engine rev ruins the whole drive experience and also consumes more fuel
      Make sure to replace spark plugs when the vehicle crosses 20,000kms

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    BENEFITS OF NEW SPARK PLUG:

    Regular change of spark plug can save you from unnecessary engine troubles.
    Benefits of replacing old spark plugs with new ones are:

      ▪️Better Acceleration and improved throttle response – the engine can function at maximum capacity with no troubles of misfires.This not only improves the fuel economy of your vehicle but also extends the engines life.
      ▪️Start your vehicle in a zippy – No more hiccups while starting up your engine in the morning
      ▪️Smoother drive experience – You might also experience a smoother drive this is mainly because the engine is performing at the desired rpm levels . This not only improves the engines performance but also saves you money by increasing the fuel efficiency .

    Spark plugs are often overlooked , so the next time you experience any troubles while starting your engine or driving make sure to check up the spark plug.