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Friday, 19 July 2013

How to prepare your vehicle for Rainy and Winter season.


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Rainy season ( Monsoon ) is the romantic season for us but most unromantic season for cars running on roads. It is a time when your car has to go through various tough conditions such as facing potholes, severe rains, floods, and many other troubles, which affects your car considerably.  Mostly in the rainy season, drivers face the acute problem of water creeping inside engine which affect engine, staling of car’s engine that ultimate leads to car damaging. Dreamwheel will help you for  to take care of your car in the Pre-Monsoon seasonLet’s see how you can prepare your car in the pre Rainy ( Monsoon ) season:
It is very important to check out whether your car is ready for the pre-monsoon season or not. So, never forget to go for pre-monsoon check-up of your car. Your checklist must contain, anti-scratch coating, checking tyre’s health, find out the proper functioning of drain plugs, inspecting the proper functioning of lights and indicators, parking and other conditions that might affect your car during Rainy season.
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Things to check in the monsoon

  • Condition of tyres
  • Condition of wiper blades
  • Amount of washer fluid, coolant and oil
  • Brake pads and wheel bearings
  • Battery health
  • Functioning of lights
  • Functioning of air-conditioning system
  • Door seals for water proofing
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Inspect bodywork for rust trouble spots
It’s always a good idea to get your vehicle serviced once before the monsoon and once just after the monsoon is over. This applies for all the seasons actually, as each season tests some aspect of the vehicle to the extreme.

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 Prepare Your Car for Winter

Just as you dress yourself in extra layers and winterize your house to protect it from the cold, your car needs extra preparation to make it through the winter as well. But getting ready is only half the battle. Winter driving conditions also mandate driving differently. Snow and ice need to be taken s­eriously and prepared for.
This winter, make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter and learning what it takes to drive safely through ice and snow could save your life.The How stuffworks give some tips for how can you prepare your car for winter.
  • Take your car to a mechanic and check out the following: battery, antifreeze level, thermostat, heater, brakes, and defroster.
  • Check to make sure your tires have adequate tread. If the treads are worn, replace them. Better yet, exchange them for a set of snow tires such as Bridgestone Blizzaks, which have treads that provide better traction and are equipped to handle extreme winter driving conditions.
  • Make a visual inspection of your vehicle's lights. Make sure the front and rear lights are operational, especially the car's flashing hazard lights.
  • Often in the winter, the windshield wiper fluid may freeze. Instead of toughing it out until spring, exchange the fluid with one made especially to spray in freezing conditions.
  • Similarly, purchase winter wiper blades to cut through snow and ice instead of using regular ones throughout the year.
  • Check the spray nozzles of your windshield-washer system. Sometimes, they get blocked by wax or debris. Use a needle or pin to clear blocked nozzles.
  • Road salt commonly used during winter can damage your car's paint. Rinsing it off every once in a while can help, but a good wash and coat of fresh wax will go a long way in preventing corrosion and keep your vehicle looking like new.
These tips will prepare your car for a winter drive, but check the next page to see what you'll need to pack for yourself.
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Packing Your Car for Winter Trips

A winter accident could leave you stuck on the side of the road. Packing your car with a few essentials will help keep you safe and ready for whatever conditions pop up on your trip.

  • Keep the gas tank at least half full throughout the winter. This will reduce condensation, making your vehicle easier to start on cold mornings.
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure it's charged and bring it with you. A car charger for the phone is also a smart device to keep in the car.
  • Always store a snow/ice scraper and a shovel in your vehicle. A first aid kit is another must-have item to keep on hand. It should include all the usual items plus winter extras like flashlights, a fresh supply of batteries, blankets, matches, extra clothes, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Peanuts and granola bars are good protein- and carbohydrate-rich foods.
  • For rear-wheel drive vehicles, you might want to keep a small bag of sand in your trunk to create traction under the tires if you get stuck. The bulk of a vehicle's weight is the engine , in the front of the car. If the car is driven by it's rear wheels instead of its front wheels, the heavy front end and light back end makes the car prone to slide around an ice- or snow-covered road.
  • Clear off your car each time you go out for maximum visibility. Don't forget the hood, roof, and your head and taillights. Sure it takes a few extra moments, but it's better than dealing with an accident due to poor outward visibility. Also, leftover ice chunks from the roof or hood of the vehicle may become hazardous to yourself and those on the road around you while driving.
On the next page, learn how to stay in control when the roads turn dangerous and what to do if you go off the road.
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Driving Tips for Snowy and Icy Roads

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) car accidents are the number one cause of death during winter storms. Defensive driving is important. Learning how to maneuver your vehicle when confronted with winter's elements could mean the difference between winding up in a snow bank on the side of the road and arriving safely at your destination.
  • Before you go, listen to the radio for announcements about accidents, road closings, and road advisories. Call your local highway patrol if this information is not available on the radio.
  • Plan your route ahead of time to avoid any roads that become dangerous during bad weather. If a road is closed or blocked, do not attempt to continue on this route.
  • Let someone know your route so if you do become stranded, your family can let authorities know where to start looking.
  • Be aware that bridges and overpasses freeze first. Slow down before reaching them and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.
  • Use gentle impulses while driving: accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early. Avoid unexpected quick movements that could put you in a spin by leaving ample room between you and the next car. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur.
  • Conversely, don't go too slow. The car will need some momentum to be able to push through heavier snow without getting stuck.
  • Steer clear of trucks. They are heavier than cars and need considerably longer stopping distances. Their tires also tend to spray snow and rain into parallel lanes, further hindering your visibility.
  • If you have a vehicle with four- or all-wheel drive, don't get overconfident and rely on its abilities to get you out of a problem. The traction and force created by all four wheels driving instead of two helps you get going from a stop, but does not assist your vehicle's braking ability. In fact, AWD- and 4WD-equipped vehicles are heavier than 2WD vehicles and require more time and braking power to come to a stop.
  • See and be seen. Always keep your lights on while driving through rain, snow, and fog.
Getting your car ready for winter , monsoon and anticipating and avoiding dangerous circumstances will help keep you safely on the road and in control.

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