Driving safety tips vary from climate to climate. Driving specially on Indian roads during the monsoons requires special skills and a number of safety precautions to be taken. Drivers should drive responsibly taking into account other commuters and pedestrians on the road and show some concern towards them as well. Mr. Ravi Kirpalani, Automotive Director and COO of Castrol India Limited has given us some precautions to be kept in mind while driving during monsoons.
Water logging is a common phenomenon on Indian roads and care should be taken while negotiating through these areas. Rising water may pose a threat to your car and safety while getting stuck in deep water may cause failure of the electric system of the car making it difficult to get out of your vehicle.
Always keep a crowbar in the car in case of such situations so that you can at least break open in a window in life threatening situations. Drivers should ensure that their braking system is in pristine condition during the monsoon months. Braking is required earlier on wet roads than in dry conditions. This is because the braking system in the car responds slower in wet weather.
One should always drive slowly during heavy monsoons, and especially around corners. Cars tend to skid as tyres lose traction in the rains. Pre-monsoon checks should be thorough and all parts of the car should be in excellent working condition before the onset of monsoons. Drivers are advised to keep windshield wiper fluid bottles in easy access so as to spray the windshield clean after a heavy downpour.
News release:‘Safety comes First’ this monsoon
Road Safety tips for this monsoon from
Mr. Ravi Kirpalani, Automotive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Castrol India Limited
Monsoon is one of the most pleasant and beautiful seasons of the year. It is much-awaited, as it brings relief from the long spell of the sultry, scorching summer. However, the monsoons also enhance road safety risks, which call for special focus on vehicle maintenance and enhanced driving skills. You may not always be able to control the environment but following the tips given below by Castrol, could ensure a much safer journey:
Pre-monsoon check: Get a thorough pre-monsoon check done for your vehicle – including batteries, tyres, lights – headlights and signal lights, electrical wiring, brake fluid, brakes, engine fluids and wipers
Windshield: Keep the windshield wiper fluid bottle full at all times. Once it stops raining, the windshield can become really dirty, impairing visibility. Use the windshield spray to wipe the windscreen clean
Keep your headlights on whilst driving: Turn your headlights on (at low beam) not just in dark, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only does this help you see the road better, but also help other drivers see you
Follow the vehicle ahead but keep safe distance: Drive in the wake of the vehicle ahead of you and keep an eye out for its brake lights. This will enable you to see even in poor visibility conditions but more importantly, forewarn you about any potholes etc which may be covered by rainwater.
Keep safe distance: This distance should be twice the usual space maintained in dry weather as vehicles take a longer time to halt during slippery monsoon conditions compared to the normal season.
Beware of hydroplaning: Hydroplaning or aquaplaning in a vehicle occurs when a layer of water builds up between the wheels of the car and the road surface, leading to loss of traction which prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs. Ensure that your tyre pressure is well checked, drive slowly and keep safe distance
Ensure proper wheel alignment: Incorrect wheel alignment may increase braking distance by at least 15%. Please ensure that your alignment is checked and proper
Know your car: Be familiar with the vehicle’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Also be aware of how to defog your windows, and of course, don’t be distracted when driving.
Emergencies: Be mentally prepared to deal with emergencies and have contingency plans in place. Keep a hammer or a spanner inside the car (not in the boot of the car) to break the glass in case you are trapped inside
Weather conditions: Keep yourself updated about adverse weather conditions and keep yourself prepared with alternate routes which may be necessary in case your normal route is flooded
Carry protective shields: keep your umbrella and rain coat handy in the car, incase you have to step out of your vehicle
Drive safely – there’s someone waiting at home for you!