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Hi All,

The information below was issued by Apollo Tyres in the form of a handbook.
Some useful information, some repeated. Just thought it would be useful to post.
More for Bombay drivers.

SAFETY TIPS
Ensure that this handbook is in the glove box at all times.
A well equipped first aid kit with bandage,
pain relief spray, antiseptic cream, anti-allergic like Avil, Aspirin,
mosquito repellent cream or spray like Odomos.
Car drivers with diabetes, blood pressure, asthma or illness for
which they take prescription drugs , should keep a stock of their
medicines in the car.
In a disaster- like situation instead of trying to reach home,
first reach the nearest acquaintance. Try to minimise travel.
Lower your window panes while driving through water logged areas.
Carry out pre-monsoon checks of batteries, tyres, electrical
wiring, engine, maintenance of your car including wipers
and top -up the fuel of your car during the monsoon.
Initial light rains will mix with the dust and oils on the road to produce
a very slippery surface. Such conditions must be treated with extreme
caution as tyres tend to have less grip on slippery surfaces.
Ensure that your tyres have the recommended air pressure and
sufficient tread depth.
Install in your car mobile battery charger and ensure your FM Radio is
in working condition to tune into announcements. Ensure that you
have at least one CDMA cell phone in the car. It seems that CDMA
phones worked more effectively than the GSM phone during an
emergency.
Handy tools to be kept in the car :
Hammer: to break the glass on the driver's window from the
middle/centre, in case of an auto-lock system failure.
Thick long at least 20 metres nylon rope with a hook to be kept
the dicky.
Fully charged powerful torch.
Plastic sheets and spare umbrella
Dry and non -perishable food items to be kept in vacuum
container in ample quantity. Dry fruits are recommended.
At least two litres of bottled water to be filled daily. A working whistle.
Create in the contact list of your cell phone ICE(In Case
Emergency) to enable any rescuer to inform your nearest ones at the
earliest.
Never drive alone preferably in the disaster -prone areas.
Avoid low lying areas.
At any time your Life is more precious than your car, so in case you
are stuck be prepared to park and walk.
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When it's raining n it's cold, and if you put off the A/C and put on the blower only with the windows closed this could result in fogging the inside of the windscreen due to the moisture from our breath.

Like pjay_in said putting the A/C on heat mode and directing the hot air to the windscreen from the vents below the windscreen helps clear up the fog quickly. Check out the image in Rehaan's post. Once it clears, you could direct the hot air in any position u r comfortable with.




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Thanks a lot for this valuable info GTO.

Recently had been to Udupi in my Swift and started raining. Though it was a slight drizzle, the windscreen started fogging from the outside. The fogging started from the lower center of the windscreen and slowly started to move up till the halfway mark. As pjay_in mentioned "It was not the typical fogging effect, but more like crystalline frost marks following the wipe pattern (here's the difference: You can't write on it with your finger unlike the regular fog on glass. It remains like a stain)." I had recently got the baldes for the wipers replaced. Driving in the night on the NH was a nightmare at that point of time with the opposite traffic with blasting high beams. I though the fogging was due to dust/oil sticking to the windscreen. I stopped and washed the wiper blade and windscreen with liquid soap. Started driving and fogging started. This happened even after I had the driver side glass lowered a little.... Finnaly reached the destination, but had to be really carefull and the experience was quite scary... A similar incident occured almost a year back when I was passing through Jog Falls Ghat section and it was a similar kind of rain..

Any thoughts on this??
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Tobacco on the windshield?

GTO - are you sure this isn't some cheap trick to fool the wife? You are probably planning on showing her this website in case she busts you with cigarettes
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man, but seriously it works. Try it sometime.
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My experience with RainX has been completely positive. Follow these steps and I'm positive that you will be more than happy with the product:

Do this late in this evening when you do not have any direct sunlight. Otherwise the product will evaporate before you can even use it!

* Clean the glass with soap and water.
* Take the time to clean off the black grime on the wipers as well.
* Clean the glass again with Windex or any product with AMMONIA.
(Ammonia eats clear-coat. Do not spray directly into your car)
* Wash off any residue with plain water.
* Dry the surface completely
* At this point the windshield should be fairly cool and perfectly clean.
* Use about 10ml of the product, spread it evenly onto the glass.
Requirements: Your windshield should be fairly new and very smooth. Dirty or old windshields that are not perfectly smooth will trap dirt and rain no matter what. RainX only stops water from sticking - it cannot cure imperfect glass.

You're done! The product should stick to your windshield for about a month or so. I've driven in torrential downpours at 75mph/120kmph (legal cruising speed) without any need for the wipers! My 2009 model Camry was literally BRAND NEW when I applied RainX, and improved visibility in the rain considerably.
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... I've driven in torrential downpours at 75mph/120kmph (legal cruising speed) without any need for the wipers! My 2009 model Camry was literally BRAND NEW when I applied RainX, and improved visibility in the rain considerably.
Have used it once (not sure if it was the same brand) and yes, it is a wonderful product. Drove from Mysore to Bangalore without using the wiper and it was a heavy downpour. Speed of 60~80kmph.
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• Avoid puddles like a plague. Firstly, you never know how deep they are. Second, if you are at speed, they can make your car aquaplane in water, leading to an absolute loss of control. Drive around large puddles, you never know what’s lurking underneath.
• Never splash into a puddle as it could severely damage your car. For instance, water getting into your air intake could kill your engine.
Great post.

I have a question on aquaplaning.

The roads b/w CHennai and Banagalore are amazing, and I generally average ~100 in normal conditions. During rainy nights, I restrict to ~80 Kmph, which looks safe and slow enough on those roads.

But then, I was once overtaking a truck at that speed, and while was side-by-side with the truck, I noticed a big puddle of water on my lane, accumulated close to the median. I couldn't swerve to left [since I was overtaking], and I didn't want to risk braking hard and losing control. So I stepped out of the gas and let the car into the puddle. There WAS a momentary, slight zig-zag and seeming lose of control, enough to send a chill down my spine, but the car regained traction and crossed the puddle.

In such a case, if you can't help running into a puddle at a decent speed, what do you? Is the best thing to do to break softly, or you don't at all? Will hand-brakes help?

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Great post.

In such a case, if you can't help running into a puddle at a decent speed, what do you? Is the best thing to do to break softly, or you don't at all? Will hand-brakes help?
DO NOT touch that hand brake! This applies to any situation. You will lose control and any on-board electronics will be useless in this situation.

If you cannot avoid the puddle, Your best bet is to threshold brake before you hit the puddle. (Keep in mind that slamming on the brakes and letting "ABS" do the work is NOT the best way to brake).
Brake at the limit of the car but only until you get to the puddle. When you enter the puddle, your car should be perfectly neutral. Hang on to the steering wheel firmly and do not turn at all. You should cross without much drama and the car will most likely regain balance automatically.

If the road is curvy, try to approach the puddle as straight as possible under threshold braking and keep the steering steady and straight when you hit the puddle.

Remember to be as smooth as possible. Dont ever "stab" the brakes. Even emergency maneuvers should be performed beautifully - like a dance. Train yourself to not panic - this will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
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this will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
excellent thread ! thanks to all who made the contribution !.

I'd add that the condition when it just starts to rain and the roads just become wet that's the most dangerous condition to be in.

Oil leaks for automobiles plying on the highway seep into the asphalt cracks and do not show up during normal dry condtions. But when it just rains the water displaces these oil deposits in the cracks and since oil is lighter than water it comes out on the road. (you may notice the rainbow effect in water sometimes in puddles if you observe them standing and viewing from various angles) Oil on road = the friction coefficient becomes non existent when the car passes over such a patch.

Also the dust and dirt on the road become wet and muddy. Kind of like a slippery layer. Also can lead to loss of control over the car.
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I'd add that the condition when it just starts to rain and the roads just become wet that's the most dangerous condition to be in.
Absolutely. An excerpt from this article:

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• Remember that the first rains (or rains after a long dry spell) result in the slipperiest roads. Be overtly cautious in these driving conditions.

• Concrete roads are very slippery, far more than our good ol’ tar roads. Bridges and flyovers can also be extra slippery, so drive carefully over these areas.
Dust & dirt are the major causes of ultra-slippery conditions during the first showers.
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Preparing your car for the monsoons

• Ensure that your car is in healthy condition; the tyres, brakes and wipers, especially, must be in top shape. It’s a good idea to get a set of new wiper blades at the start of each monsoon season.

• Your tyres must have at least 2 - 3 mm of tread left, and should be inflated to the manufacturer recommended levels. Driving on tires that are over or under-inflated can prove to be dangerous, even on dry tarmac.

• Check the focus of your headlight beams and correct if necessary.

• Ensure that your foot pedals are not slippery. It would be a good idea to get new plastic / rubber mats too.

• Drain hole rubber plugs are found missing on many a car. Check if yours are in place. Missing plugs lead to wet floors, even in conditions of mild rain.

• Have the windshield washer fluid topped up at all times, and clean all glasses thoroughly. Try using a newspaper to clean your windscreens. If you have dark sunfilm, that’s going to create a problem at night.

• If your car is kitted with a cold air intake (or similar), consider replacing it with the stock version. Exposed CAI's can make your car vulnerable in the monsoons.

• Check the rubber beadings / weather strips on the doors; they should sit flush with the glass. If they appear loose, tighten or change them. The rubber beadings stop water from seeping inside the door panels, which could cause an errant central locking system, short circuit or rust.

• You never know when you may end up stuck on the road. Don't ever let your fuel tank go below the 1/2 level mark. Also, stock up with sufficient supplies of snacks and bottled water. Chocolates, packaged wafer chips and energy bars make for great snacks to store in your car.

• Keep a first-aid kit, torch and umbrella handy. Some members even recommend keeping a small hammer in the car. In the event of flood waters jamming your doors, the hammer could help in breaking the windows for escape.

• Rains can make for damp smelly interiors. Get an air-fresher for your car, the type that hooks onto the air-con vent. Some members have also suggested “mogre ka gajra” or “mogra flowers” for vibrant interiors . Packets of silica gel keep fungus in check.

• Carry a couple of cigarettes or a pouch of tobacco in your glovebox. If visibility becomes a problem due to heavy rainfall, rubbing tobacco on the windscreen works wonders.

• Some products like RainX, Abro Clearview anti-rain etc. are available in the market. However, we have only received mixed reviews and hence, cannot recommend them. Use them at your own discretion.
Very nice! Infact, to take it further, studying non-water-retaining routes to your destination would be a great idea too. My office is in a low lying area, we're pretty much s*****d. So we always try n keep a track of water logging in areas around to find the best route out.
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Your best bet is to threshold brake before you hit the puddle.

Brake at the limit of the car but only until you get to the puddle. When you enter the puddle, your car should be perfectly neutral.
Please elaborate threshold braking and what you mean by perfectly neutral. If your cars neutral, isnt that bad....
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what he means by neutral is not making any positive movements like braking, turning etc. not in neutral gear.


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Old 5th March 2009, 19:45   #44
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Bangalore probably gets milder weather in the monsoon than say mumbai, but thanks to the quality (or complete lack thereof) of roads and stormwater drains, the slightest of rains manage to flood roads. .add to that the fact that it rains everytime the temp crosses threshold limits known only to God, which means we get rains what, every quarter?!

Nehoo, while drivin on flooded roads, it helps to keep the car vents shut, believe me, else you mite end up with water inside the car! Know someone who suffered a pretty disgusting experience!! Not only did she end up stuck in flooded road traffic for 2hrs, when she eventually got home @ 2 in the night, she spent another hour trying to get the water out of the car with soaks and a bucket
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Usually diesel spills remain in the tiny crevices in any road. The first rainfall mixes with this and turns can be a deathtrap. Moreso in India expect this to happen as most trucks dump diesel on turns. A mixture of diesel and water is like hitting ice. Expect trouble on turns
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