Tips Rain-Proofing Vehicles for Monsoon Season
Here are some important notes during the Monsoon Season from Bosch Philippines.
The monsoon season is here and once again, every driver faces the possibility of floods, zero visibility, and the inevitable wet roads. Safety is everyone’s priority while on the road, and during this season, proper car maintenance can be especially life-saving. Taking time to properly maintain a car minimizes the chances of being stuck on the road under the rain, or worse, figuring in a vehicular accident. Below is a checklist to keep in mind before braving a rainy day.
When brakes are wet, braking capacity and response time can be significantly reduced. With slippery roads and bad visibility, one’s brake system should be working at its optimum level. Regular check-up and maintenance is necessary for the brakes to continue functioning properly. Brake fluid level must be constantly checked and immediately refilled to the car’s specification to avoid engine and brake problems. Bosch has a wide range of automotive braking systems to suit every driving style and car built, ensuring utmost safety when driving on wet roads.
For added safety, Bosch recommends drivers to maintain twice as much distance from the next car to give drivers enough time to stop safely. On wet roads, a car takes roughly twice as long to stop or slow down, so driving and turning slower than usual, should also be standard practice during rains. In rainy weather, floodwaters mix with the oil and grease build-up on the roads, making skidding a greater possibility, so braking earlier and with less force may be a better move.
Rain makes it difficult for one to see through the car’s windshield and wipers are responsible for pushing away rainwater off of the windshield. Hence, wipers are essential for visibility and ultimately one’s safety. It is advisable for wiper blades to be changed once a year, but some indications that it is due for a replacement could be streaking or making a chattering noise when it is turned on, likely because it has lost elasticity. Bosch wiper blades are guaranteed to last longer and perform more efficiently due to innovations in the wiper material and aerodynamic design to give drivers the widest and clearest field of vision despite strong downpours.
Bosch car lamps have been engineered to ensure the highest levels of luminous intensity and luminous efficiency for the darkest of days. Head lights, tail lights, turning signals and brake lights are essential to communicate with other drivers on the road. Inability to read light signals is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Checking the lights of one’s car must be a part of a daily routine to ensure these are all working properly during rainy weather. Scheduling is check-ups is recommended, particularly for re-aiming the lights and checking the brightness to ensure visibility. In bad weather, the driver’s ability to see clearly is greatly affected, so lights are needed even during the daytime. In strong rains, the low-beam is more critical for visibility so making sure that this works properly is essential.
Spark plugs are vitally important in determining the performance and function of the engine. It is the spark plug’s job to channel the high voltage generated by the ignition coil into the combustion chamber and to combust the fuel and air mixture by means of the electrical spark between the electrodes. Bosch is the world’s trusted name in spark plugs and ensures that engines perform optimally even during rainy weather.
Driving through flooded pathways can damage a car’s air and oil filters, A clogged air filter prevents sufficient air supply to the combustion chamber, causing inefficient combustion of fuel. Black exhaust fumes are an indicator that the filter should be replaced. As the world’s filter specialist, Bosch air filters clean even the smallest particles out of the air taken in. Floodwaters can also contaminate car oil, which can lead to impurities infiltrating the engine, thereby affecting performance and durability. Bosch oil filters have greater capacity to hold more dirt and screen out more harmful contaminants than a conventional filter.
Take a trip to any of the Bosch car service workshops and experience a more personal and convenient service when rain-proofing. Bosch has 25 accredited workshops nationwide that offer general mechanical vehicle repairs and provide expert, cross-brand service in the field of automotive electrics.
Bosch Car Service Workshops, Diesel Centers and Diesel Service Workshops may be reached through the contact details below:
Bosch Car Service Workshops
ARC AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES 02-4786283 Makati City
AUTOSTAR SERVICE CENTER 044-8404062 Bulacan
BIONICWHEELS SERVICE CENTER 02-9124917 Quezon City
DAN’S CAR AUDIO & ACCESSORIES 075-5155651 Pangasinan
DBS AUTOCARE 075-6960997 Pangasinan
ECO-TECH AUTOSERVE CORPORATION 02-6828156 Antipolo City
IP CAR TECH, INC. 053-3215571 Tacloban
LUMIE’RE AUTOTECH CORPORATION 074-3043862 Baguio City
MACH 3 AUTOMOBILES CORP. 044-7604119 Bulacan
MIDAS CAR NETWORK – PARAÑAQUE 02-8240020 Parañaque City
MIDAS CAR NETWORK – PAMPANGA 045-9639309 Pampanga
MJ CARAG AUTOCARE 077-7704588 Ilocos Norte
NORTHEAST CAR CARE CENTRE 077-7224212 Ilocos Sur
SUPERSHOP CAR CARE CENTER 034-4321988 Bacolod City
TOP GEAR AUTO SERVICE CENTER, INC. 02-7217893 Quezon City
TRI – J SERVICE CENTER 032-4208882 Cebu
TYRESTAR SALES CORPORATION 072-8883928 La Union
ZAMBOANGA AUTOCRAFT 062-9918091 Zamboanga City
Bosch Diesel Center Workshops
CENTRAL DIESEL CLINIC 02-4113711 Quezon City
MALABON DIESEL INJECTION SERVICE 02-2886734 Caloocan City
Bosch Diesel Service Workshops
MALABON DIESEL – PAMPANGA 045-9615040 Pampanga
DKK CALIBRATION CENTER 02-9206606 Quezon City
ISHIMOTO DIESEL CALIBRATION 02-2152838 Quezon City
PHILIPPINE DIESEL CALIBRATION COOP 082-2345242 Davao City
RICMAR DIESEL CENTER 074-4220864 Baguio City
WELLMADE INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES INC. 032-4195788 Cebu