Just like humans are prone to illness during the rainy season, your car is also prone to different kinds of damages like rusting and corrosion, broken windshields, and other accidents. This is why it’s vital to perform preventive maintenance on your car. And having the extra knowledge to do so can go miles in taking good car of your car during the monsoon season. Don’t let the heavy rains ruin your car. Keep these COCOGEN tips handy to maintain a clean and well-performing car even if it’s raining cats and dogs. 1. Clean your headlights, windows, and windshields. Visibility is an absolute must when driving. Always make sure that your windshields and car windows are clean and free from dust or fog. Even the tiniest mud spots or scattered mud drops can obstruct your view of the road that’s why it is advised to clean it regularly. You also need to check your headlights. Change the lightbulb if in any case it is starting to dim. 2. Change your wiper blades. Regularly check your wipers. These play an important role in giving you a clear view of the road while driving in the rain. You can replace the rubber part of the blade or the entire part to maintain constant visibility. 3. Check your battery. Your battery is the lifeline of your car. With that said, it goes without saying that you should always make sure that it has been thoroughly checked and well-functioning. A recent automotive study said that many drivers experience battery-related problems during the rainy season. To avoid this, check your battery regularly. You should also consult your mechanic about its capacity to go through immense pressure. With your car’s headlights, wipers, and air conditioners being simultaneously and intensely used, your car battery will most likely be put through the wringer and if it isn’t up for the task, replace it. 4. Look after your car brakes. To avoid accidents, it really is a must to check your brakes regularly and make sure that it is properly working. As the roads get slippery when it rains, your brakes are the only thing that stands between you and losing control of your car. Keep your mechanic informed about how your car brakes perform. The brake pads should still have enough friction material and the brake discs’ thickness should still be able to comply with the manufacturer’s specifications. Keep an eye out also for your brake fluid’s color. If it is no longer gold, it’s time for a replacement. 5. Properly maintain your tires. Your tires are always in direct contact with the road. It is a must that it is properly checked before travelling. Make sure that your tires have the right amount of pressure, tread depth, and grooves before hitting the road to avoid swerving. Keep your car wheels aligned so that it easy to avoid potholes and bumps which are usually submerged in flood water during the rainy season. 6. Maintain your car’s chassis. Your car chassis is your car’s mainframe. Keeping it sturdy and free from corrosion is a great way to keep it working properly during a rainy day. Take your car to the mechanic regularly for a maintenance check-up to see that your chassis water drain holes are not obstructed. This is to keep flood water from getting inside your car. Your chassis should also be free of rust or corrossion to maintain your car’s integrity. In addition, it is also advised that you bring emergency tools in your trunk like: ropes, a mini-shovel, flashlight, as well as RTE (ready-to-eat) food, and a medical kit as a precautionary measure in case your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Bringing in some rags to keep your car interior dry is also a must. Above anything else, the most important way of caring for your car is to drive safely and carefully, especially when the rain hits the road. Of course, don’t just think about your car alone, care for yourself too. You can also get your vehicle insured to make sure that no matter what happens on the road, your are covered — rain or shine. Feel free to inquire about our car insurance. Have a safe drive everyone! *** The author of this article contributed in their own personal capacity. The views expressed are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of COCOGEN Insurance.