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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 15 Jul 2009
Has the monsoon hurt you? Here are some tips to prevent / reduce the chances of loss or damage to your vehicle:
- Please ensure that the vehicle is locked and all the doors, windows and openings are securely closed.
- If you have the slightest doubt that your vehicle is vulnerable to damage in the present location, please park the vehicle in an alternative place.
- Avoid parking in low lying areas, such as basements, under a tree, transformers or a hoarding.
- If the vehicle is damaged due to heavy rain / inundation, never attempt to start the vehicle or switch on any electrical installations.
- Avoid being seated inside the vehicle with the Air Conditioner “ON” for a longer period of time when you notice the increase in water level.
Whilst on the move/ driving
- Try to drive in the middle lane keeping care to avoid the extreme left.
- Avoid high speeds and maintain a consistent distance between the ongoing traffic.
- Following the track of the car ahead of you is advisable as your tyres will need to disperse less water since the car in front will have created a relatively dry path.
- Do not follow large buses or trucks too closely. The spray from the wheels will block vision.
Change your wiping blade, if necessary.
- Avoid driving through waterlogged areas where it is difficult to judge the water level.
- If constrained to drive through a waterlogged area, never raise the acceleration.
- Never drive through water if it is difficult to surmise the depth.
- Take care to drive slowly through flooded roads. If it is deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn back.
- Dry your feet before entering the car. Wet feet can slip off pedals, which is very dangerous.
- Keep the windscreen washer fluid topped up and on a long journey remember to carry some extra in the boot too.
- Avoid using central locking during the monsoon as short-circuiting may jam the locking system.
- If the engine stops due to any reason, never attempt to start again and arrange to tow the vehicle.
In the event of loss or damage or suspicion of a loss or damage:
- Do not attempt to start the vehicle.
- Do not hand over the vehicle to any unauthorised individual for repairing / cleaning.
Don’t forget to ensure that your insurance policy is renewed and updated so that in the event of damage to the vehicle, your loss will be covered.
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