Tyre Care Tips to Help You Drive Safely in the Monsoon
Monsoon is here, and with it comes the promise of great relief from the scorching heat of summer! It is the perfect time to sip on a cup of masala chai at the end of a long, romantic or adventurous drive.
Even though the idea of wheels splashing through puddles sounds idyllic, driving in one of the most highly anticipated seasons brings with it a set of distinct issues. As a result, you need to be more vigilant about your tyre management practice. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered!
The Rising Importance of Fuel Economy
With the cost of petrol soaring every day, people are becoming more cautious about their fuel habits. There are many possible reasons that contribute to excess petrol usage, including significantly under-inflated tyres. This has led to drivers ensuring that there is no reduction in their vehicle’s tyre pressure before they go for a drive.
Why Does Tyre Management Become More Crucial During Monsoons?
While maintaining your tyre health is an all-year-round responsibility, tyre care becomes all the more important in the rainy season. Here’s why:
- Wet roads act as a frictionless surface and reduce your vehicle’s grip on the road.
- Apart from making roads slippery, monsoons result in waterlogged conditions, which may cause further degradation of your tyres.
- Tyres tend to lose pressure during the rainy season, which may cause an imbalance in optimum tyre pressure.
- Monsoon also worsens the condition of the roads, which make driving difficult and put your tyres under stress.
- In case of tyre punctures or blowouts, seeking reliable or instant assistance can also be difficult in adverse weather conditions.
How Can You Make Your Vehicle Monsoon-Ready?
Your tyres can pose some hazards during heavy rains. However, these actionable tips can help you get your vehicle monsoon ready:
1. Choose the Right Tyres
Depending on the monsoon intensity, people replace their dry tyres with wet or all-terrain tyres before the season begins. Since you will have to switch your tyres at least twice a year, this technique for tyre care may not be much of a tedious job.
2. Check Treading
Regardless of the nature of tyres, its treading determines the kind of traction that it will enjoy over wet surfaces. Balding tyres with worn out treading (<1.6 mm) are more prone to skidding and slipping over slick surfaces. Plus, they will experience greater aquaplaning, decreasing the vehicle’s manoeuvrability.
Also, while examining your tyre treads, look for any nicks and cuts that could cause your tyre to burst.
3. Adjust Tyre Pressure
Monitoring tyre pressures is critical as they can drop during monsoon. Low tyre pressures can cause quicker wear and tear, leading to punctures. But this does not mean that you should keep the tyre pressure on the higher side, either!
High pressure can reduce surface contact, which compromises the grip. Hence, maintaining optimum pressure is the best way to prevent damage of any form.
4. Drive Carefully
It’s safer to hover around 20 to 25 kmph while driving in the rain. Such seemingly slow speeds may add a few minutes to your journey, but it will help you avoid any unexpected potholes along the way. Additionally, you are more likely to be in control of your vehicle when driving at lower speeds.
5. Replace Tyres
Always carry a spare tyre in your vehicle wherever you go. Learn the basics of replacing a tyre and keep the spare tyre properly inflated. Whenever you notice that your current tyres are giving way, replace them immediately.
Can Technology Intervene to Make Monsoon Driving Safer?
Mr TREEL recommends regular servicing of your tyres, especially during the monsoons. Additionally, it is equally crucial to stay watchful of your tyre health to take immediate action. Fortunately, technological advancements such as smart tyre sensors are taking away the pain of physically examining the tyres or manually measuring the metrics.
With devices like TREEL’s MPower Smart Sensor kit, you can use the TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring system) to have your tyre data available at your fingertips. It is paired with TREEL’s Tyre Care App to make real-time data accessible, enabling you to keep a close eye on your tyre health.
So whether it is you behind the steering wheel or your family members, you can always stay safe.