The monsoon is round the corner, it’s time for rain drops to keep falling on my head! The sun’s going to hide its face from me, and I’ll be happy! There’s no feeling like the rains, and boy do we deserve it, here in India. The summer’s been quite unforgiving this time and it’s finally time for the cool monsoon breeze. With it, however, comes a little bit of preparation. Preparing your vehicles, your house and your outfits is required, especially if you want to enjoy the rains without a chance of grief. Here we list certain things you need to do to prepare for the monsoon.
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Prepare your car
Well, the rain isn’t that kind to your car! If you aren’t careful, you may just end up like that helpless guy at the side of the road with the car hood open. Consider changing your tyres if they seem worn out, since the rains may require proper road grip. Fix your wiper blades if they’re giving problems. Rust is one more problem you may face, therefore, consider getting an upper body anti-rust job done on your car. A pre-monsoon service will keep your car in good condition to face the monsoon. This applies to your two-wheeler as well.
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Prepare your outfits
It’s time to bring out your rainy wear! Umbrellas, rain coats and water proof jackets that have been stacked up in your closets for months will have to be used now. Wear only water proof shoes and refrain from suede shoes, canvas and converse. Anything that will keep your feet wet should not be worn. Your clothes, too, must be easily dried. Silk is a good option for clothing material compared to cotton in the monsoon. Consider wearing shorter length pants so that it does not cause muck to dirty it. Fold your pants to your knees while travelling if you are wearing full length pants. Avoid jeans as much as possible since they take a long time to dry.
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Prepare your home
Make sure that both your doors and windows close and seal properly, and make any repairs or improvements if necessary. Camphor must be placed in your drawers to prevent moisture from causing fungus formation. Inspect to see if your roof or walls are alright, so that water doesn’t seep through it.
Driving/riding in the rain
One big issue in the rain is riding/driving your personal vehicles. The roads get slippery, branches fall everywhere, traffic gets jammed and travelling does get dangerous. Make sure you clutch less often if on a bike, as this cause you to slip, and don’t go too fast as your brakes may fail. Keep a safe distance between the next car/bike on the road as this will give you margin for error in case of brake failure.
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These are the minimum requirements for the rains. But don’t worry, be happy! It’s the most enjoyable time of the year and if you can, consider going on a long drive to the nearest hill station! It will be a wonderful experience!