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Monsoon Car Care Tips – Protect Your Car In The Rainy Season

While the pattering rains bring relief from the summer heat, it can also be tough on your car! Just like you put on a raincoat, your car needs some monsoon care too. Rainwater can cause rust, dirty roads make a mess inside and slippery roads can be dangerous. By following a few simple tips, you can keep your car happy and safe during the monsoon season. This blog will be your guide, with everything from checking your tires to car interior cleaning – so you can enjoy the rains with peace of mind!

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Why is car care essential during the monsoon?

While the monsoon brings a pleasant change in weather, it also presents several challenges for car owners. The constant downpour and increased humidity can lead to:

  • Reduced visibility: Rain creates a glare on the windshield, making it difficult to see clearly.
  • Rust and corrosion: Waterlogging and exposure to moisture can accelerate rust formation on the car’s undercarriage and other metal parts.
  • Paint damage: Chemicals in rainwater and mud splatter can damage your car’s paint, leading to dullness and fading.
  • Interior mould growth: The high humidity levels can create a breeding ground for mould and mildew growth within the car’s interior.

By implementing proper car care techniques during the monsoon, you can protect your car from these damaging effects and ensure a safe and enjoyable driving experience.

Get your car’s pre-monsoon servicing done

A serviceman repairs a car

Think of a pre-monsoon service like a doctor’s checkup for your car before the rainy season arrives. A mechanic will inspect all the important parts, just like a doctor checks your health. They’ll look at things like tyres, brakes, lights and wipers, making sure everything is in top shape. This helps prevent problems on the road during heavy rain and keeps your car running smoothly throughout the monsoon. It’s like giving your car a raincoat and umbrella – prepared for whatever the weather throws at it!

Ensure the window wipers are working

When rain comes down hard, good wiper blades are what keep your windshield clear so you can see the road. But over time, wiper blades can get worn and cracked, leaving streaks or missing spots. Driving through heavy rain with a blurry windshield – not safe!

That’s why checking your wiper blades before the monsoon is important. If they’re old and damaged, get new ones. This simple step can make a big difference in your monsoon driving experience!

Fix all the lights on the car

Just like you need to see clearly during the monsoon, so does your car! Headlights, taillights, brake lights – all these play a vital role in keeping you safe on the road. Dim or faulty lights can make it difficult for you to see and for others to see you, especially in rainy weather with low visibility. The plastic materials with which these headlights and tail lights are made can get degraded and fade with constant exposure to outdoor elements. Don’t wait till it gets cloudy completely! Check all your car’s lights regularly. If something’s not working, get it fixed. You can do it yourself if you’re handy or visit a car detailing services studio like CarzSpa, where headlight and tail light restoration is a part of the complete detailing package. Remember, good lighting is like having extra eyes on the road during the monsoon!

Check tyre tread and air pressure

Your car’s tires are like its shoes! They need to be in good shape for safe driving, especially during the monsoon. Here’s what to look at:

  • Tread Depth: The grooves on your tyres help channel water away and grip the road. If the grooves are worn down and shallow, it’s like your car is wearing worn-out shoes – dangerous in the rain!
  • Air Pressure: Proper air pressure in your tyres is crucial. Underinflated tyres can cause aquaplaning (where your car skids on water) and make handling difficult.

Luckily, checking both is easy! Look for the recommended air pressure on a sticker inside your driver’s door. Then, use a pressure gauge (available at petrol stations) to check each tyre’s air pressure and top it up if needed. Tyres with good tread depth and proper air pressure will keep you on the road safely during the monsoon.

Test if the brakes work properly

When you need to stop suddenly on a wet road, good brakes are what keep you safe. But how do you know if your brakes are working their best? Here’s a simple test:

  • Find a safe, empty space with a flat surface.
  • Get in your car and turn on the engine.
  • Gently press down on the brake pedal. It should feel firm and stop the car smoothly without pulling to one side.

Now, conduct the same exercise on a wet patch of a similar empty space with a flat surface, to test the brakes for wet roads. If the pedal feels spongy, goes all the way down or the car pulls while braking, there might be an issue. Don’t wait! Get your brakes checked by a mechanic before the monsoon arrives. Remember, good brakes are essential for safe driving in any weather, especially during the rainy season.

Get the car washed regularly

Rainwater can mix with dirt and grime on the road, leaving a dirty layer on your car. This can be bad for the paint and make it harder to see clearly through the windshield. To keep your car looking good and protected, regular car washes are important during the monsoon.

You can wash your car yourself at home, but a professional car wash service can do a more thorough job, especially for the underbody. They’ll remove dirt and debris that can trap moisture and lead to rust. Regular washes keep your car clean, prevent rust and make it shine even during the rainy season!

Shield it with paint protection

During the monsoon, the car’s paint needs extra protection from the elements. The roads will have loose gravel and the muddy waters in the puddles could contain various damaging elements like sharp twigs, stones, etc. And driving through them could damage the car’s body paint over the season. Here are two options to consider:

  • Ceramic Coating: This is a SiO2-based nano-coating applied on the car’s paint that creates a glassy, protective layer. Its hydrophobic properties repel water and dirt. Rainwater will bead up and roll off easily, leaving no chance of water spots and keeping your car looking shiny for longer.
  • Paint Protection Film: This is a transparent, TPU-based film applied directly to the car’s paint. It acts like a self-healing shield, protecting against scratches, nicks and even stone chips that can happen while driving through monsoon conditions.

Both ceramic coating and paint protection film offer different benefits. Get it done by car detailing experts like CarzSpa Detailing Studios to get the best for your car and budget!

Get intensive interior cleaning done

The monsoon can bring dirt and moisture inside your car too! Rain on shoes, dusty roads and even spilt drinks can leave your car feeling grimy. A deep interior clean can make a big difference.

A professional car detailer like CarzSpa vacuums every corner, uses steam to remove tough stains and cleans all the parts – seats, door panels, vents, even the trunk! A special spray is used to get deep into your car’s upholstery, leaving it fresh and clean. Finally, the rubber and vinyl parts are conditioned to keep them looking good.

This intensive cleaning not only removes dirt and grime but also helps eliminate germs and keeps your car’s interior hygienic. It’s like giving your car a spa treatment from the inside out! You’ll enjoy a fresh, clean cabin that’s pleasant for you and your passengers throughout the monsoon season.

Get Glass Treatment for better visibility

Heavy rain can make driving a challenge. Raindrops streak down the windshield, blurring your vision. But there’s a solution too. Getting a special glass treatment as a part of the complete pre-monsoon car detailing service can make a big difference in your monsoon driving experience.

A special coating is applied to your car’s windshield and windows. This coating creates a smooth, water-repellent surface. Rain hitting the glass will bead up and roll off easily, leaving you with a clearer view. It’s like putting an invisible raincoat on your windows!

Glass treatment isn’t just about convenience. It can also improve safety. By keeping your windshield clear, you can see the road better and react faster to any hazards during heavy monsoon showers. Consider getting glass treatment for better visibility and a safer driving experience this rainy season.

Some concluding thoughts

The monsoon season doesn’t have to be a nightmare for your car. By implementing a proper car care routine that includes anti-glare treatment, windshield nano coating and the additional tips mentioned above, you can ensure your car is well-protected and ready to brave the rains. Don’t wait until the downpours begin – take proactive steps today to shield your car from the monsoon’s wrath and enjoy a safe and comfortable driving experience throughout the season.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to avoid fungus in cars during monsoon?
Regularly remove dirt and moisture by vacuuming and wiping—open windows and doors when parked in the shade for fresh air circulation. Run the AC with a fresh air setting for a few minutes after driving to remove moisture.

2. How can I protect my car from rain water?
Choose covered parking whenever possible. Use a breathable car cover when parked outdoors, but only on a dry car. Washing removes dirt and grime that can trap moisture and damage paint.

3. How do I keep my car moisture free?
Consider using moisture absorbers (silica gel packets) in your car and open windows and doors when parked in the shade for fresh air circulation.

4. How to use car AC during rain?
Use the AC during monsoon, but smartly! Start with the fresh air setting for a few minutes to remove moisture. Then switch to AC with cooling as needed. Avoid over-chilling the car, as it can increase condensation and moisture buildup.

5. What happens if a car is parked in the rain?
Rain can damage paint, tires and seals over time. Park indoors whenever possible. If not, use a breathable car cover when dry to minimise exposure.


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Deepam Sama

Deepam Sama is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at CarzSpa Detailing Studios, a leading car care company in India. He is a second-generation entrepreneur who has a passion for scaling up businesses and creating innovative marketing strategies. Deepam holds an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a BBA from the Institute of Management, Nirma University. He previously worked in the Sales Strategy team at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, where he gained experience in developing and executing growth plans.

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