Got a car – need to take care of it and at all times! Some things don’t change, nor will they for quite like nurturing a child and parenting a young one, the car is like one of your own too. You need to take care of it and watch its back always, unless and until you did away with it.
That being said, there are some important tips for car safety that need to be adhered to especially during tough times. Now, what can some difficult challenges be where taking care of one’s car becomes all the more necessary?
Do not go that far, just reflect on environmental challenges like cyclone Nisarga. It is during times where looking after one’s car becomes important to be the point of being inexcusable.
Cyclone Nisarga is said to affect the coast of Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is expected to flood low-lying areas, in cities like Mumbai and Pune besides causing damage to infrastructure.
Kolkata recently experienced the Cyclone Amphan which swept almost everything in its path, damaging cars, bikes, and other vehicles, mainly water logging or damaged by fallen trees or building structures.
As people prepare to face the wrath of nature once again, vehicle owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their cars are safe during the cyclone. It may also be crucial to know what to do if vehicles are found submerged in case of flooding.
That said, let’s look at the car care and safety tips that need to be taken to prevent the damage during the cyclone.
Park securely in the open
With cyclones like Nisarga, there is every bit of a risk of the cyclone approaching at no less than 100(k/hr) to wreak havoc.
Under such alarming circumstances, the last thing you’d want to do is to park the vehicle next to trees or in close proximity to poles and other concrete structures.
That can cause detriment to the four-wheeler. So one of the several tips for car safety during such times is to park the car safely.
Avoidance parking in low-lying areas
A common phenomenon during contemporary times is to spot many a car being parked at basement areas. True mostly for modern residential apartments and locations.
But during alarming threats like cyclone Nisarga, it’s imperative to be mindful of where one park that car. Do not, under any circumstance, park the vehicle at a low lying area in order to avoid a situation where the car may get waterlogged or flooded. Else, the damages can get irreparable.
Important to check for external damage
While the threat of the cyclone signals imminent danger in itself, it’s also important to check for other aspects that can cause something damaging to your car. So what might those be?
At times, things like the debris can contact your car and cause some breakage. Therefore, your job isn’t just to position your car at a place of safety; you’ve got to take care of it and look for any external damage as well.
Getting in touch with the car insurance company
Just like injuries to humans, damages to cars too during such natural calamities. An important time to remember the car insurance company and touch base with them is during challenging times like cyclones.
And it’s not too difficult to understand why. Among the important tips for car safety during tough times like recalcitrant and unpredictable weather is to touch base with the insurance company in order to report damages caused by external environmental threats so that some amount of financial backing helps in taking care of your wallet.
An important indication of that is when the water-level reaches the grille or the bonnet level.
Right? So, be mindful of that.
Dry out the vehicle
Once the storm is over, make way to take corrective action to close the loopholes. And what might those be?
If there’s a situation where the damage from water-logging or storms (or any other source) is minimum, then this is the stage where it becomes advisable to dry your four-wheeler.
Also, remember to clean the mats of the car.
Check for fluid leaks and corrosion
During unpredictable and unavoidable external weather threats like the cyclone that’s threatening India, it also becomes imperative to check for other aspects of the parked vehicle. Any ideas for that?
Well, do check for fluid leaks and aspects like corrosion because if they go unchecked, then they can spoil the car for good.
Under such circumstances, it becomes advisable to call out to a mechanic and get the matter sorted.
Before starting the car, check the warning lights
An important factor to consider and watch out before you start the car again is to check the warning lights. Look for things like- if the oil level, whether in the brakes or in the engine is in the required quantum or proportion or not. If not, then that’s a sign that you mustn’t proceed on your journey and make headspace to make do for the void.
Check the car’s electrical systems
One of the important tips for car safety is to check for the vehicle’s electrical systems as chances of short circuit is high due to waterlogging.
Check for things like the AC, door locks, power window switches, and other parts.
Check the tyre pressure
Alright, now here’s an important check-list for the car at all times. Isn’t it? Don’t we check the tyre pressure at all times generally?
We do so, right? So let’s make an extra effort to do so especially in challenging times like cyclones. If the tyre pressure suggests there is an inadequate quantity of air, then you know what’s to be done. Certain things are self-explanatory.