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Taking care of your car is important during the annual monsoon season

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 4:00 am

Though the northwest hasn’t seen much rain during monsoon season this year, when it does come, there are a few things drivers can do to keep them and their vehicles ready.

To prevent your car from the monsoons, the best thing would be to have it parked in a covered parking space. If that’s not available, a decent car cover will help keep the car dry.

A coat of wax will also help keep from accumulating water, which will prevent rust from forming imperfections and scratches in the paint.

Also, after driving in the rain, it is advisable to wash the car, top and underbody, to clean off contaminants found in rain, and to clean off mud that might have accumulated under the car.

If you must drive in a monsoon storm, there are a few precautions and safety tips one can follow to help stay safe while out on the road.

The most important thing is to make sure the tires are in good shape. The tires should be in good condition (no cracks or bald spots) and there should be a decent amount of tread. A rule of thumb is if an upside-down penny is held in the tread of a tire, it should be deeper than the top of Lincoln’s head.

Windshield wipers should also be working and in good condition. During the hot summer months, the thin rubber on the windshield wiper blades can become hard and cracked.

Both headlights should be working and bright. Replace the bulbs if the light emitted starts to become dim.

All flooded roads and washes should be avoided, and the same goes for large, deep puddles. But if faced with having to drive through a puddle, keep the vehicle moving at a slow and safe speed, and the throttle should be pressed throughout. Without doing this, the water could come in the exhaust, which could stall the engine.

Some things to have in the trunk of the car just in case; umbrella, tow rope, shovel, first-aid kit, food, water, phone charger, and a flashlight.

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