As part of Ola’s safety initiatives, the cab aggregator has chalked out safety guidelines for driver partners during the rainy season. These guidelines will also help benefit the regular commuters during their rides in the monsoons. It is important to get the car serviced before the monsoon starts to check if all the drain plugs provided in the body of the car, under the seats and the floor-mats are closed. Also make sure that the wipers are functioning properly and the antirust coating done all over the car’s under-body as well as under the hood. Braking is an important function in the car which cannot be ignored, hence get your brakes checked and ensure that the brake oil level is correct and the handbrake is functioning properly.
The tyres bear the burden of the heavy metal body of the vehicle and shouldn’t be ignored either. While checking the condition of your tyres, make sure the tire pressure is as per the recommended value. In case the tyre has worn out get it replaced. It is also important to ensure proper functioning of lights on the vehicle and one should also check for cracks or breakage on the glass of the lights. One should park the car at a proper parking place during monsoon. Skidding during monsoon could be hazardous, hence avoid driving at high speeds and maintain adequate distance from the vehicle ahead of you. It is advisable to rev the engine to force water out of exhaust and to use 1st and 2nd gear to navigate clogged roads.
Turn your headlights on, even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Make sure you avoid roads with frequent flooding and equip your car with good accessories. Be extra cautious while driving on highway. Keep your headlights and hazard warning lights on, and do not overtake the vehicle from left. Give proper signals when you are overtaking.
If the water level increases to the height of axle shaft, the best thing to do is to stop the car and put a hazard warning triangle on top of the car. Never start the car if the car has undergone flooding with water entering engine compartment. The best thing to do is to call the breakdown service and get the car pulled to service station. Once the monsoon season is clearly over, take the car for general check-up.