Taking the warm refuge of one’s car after the open air garden party is one thing that we all love to do in winters. But the car also braves the chill and is very likely to break down if proper care is not taken. "Winter is one time we get lazy and care least about our cars," says Ankush Seth of Modern Auto Centre, Rajendra Nagar. "But this is one time, like monsoon, when cars need to be at their best."
Avoid the nightmare
Being stuck up in the middle of nowhere with a frozen car battery at night is one thing that we all would want to avoid. Moreso, because even mechanics will be hard to find. "I learned my lesson the hard way when my car broke down on a highway due to battery failure," says mediaperson Sonali Dastidar. It is advisable to keep a back-up battery because in winter, battery consumption shoots up.
Though Delhi doesn’t have snowfall, one of biggest hazards faced by drivers here is smog. And the recent Diwali night showed what to expect in the coming days. "It becomes impossible to drive through smog," says Joy Das, a Noida-based BPO executive. "Once we just stopped the car on the ITO bridge," adds his colleague Ronit Shekhar.
"We couldn’t see anything ahead and it was actually scary to drive." In such a case, the only help can be the piercing yellow fog-lights. The windscreens, too, need to be absolutely clean. As windows are all rolled up, vapour forms easily and can it decreases visibility. Also, the vapour outside makes a thick layer of dust settle in quickly. So gear up for the tricky weather and drive safe!
Being ready pays
Batteries drain more quickly in winter. Jumper cables or power packs are always handy to pull you through if your car breaks down.
Wiper blades play a very important role in driving through the fog. Make sure they are in good shape.
Fog lights usually used by the city’s road-rashers can be of true help around this season.
It is important to change the lubricants as they ensure a smooth running of the engine in winter.
Check the blower to keep your car warm from inside.
Please adhere to lane driving. With fog all over and frozen hands on steering, it’s wise to drive carefully.