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5 Things you must have in your car this Monsoon

Karen Menezes Karen Menezes 05 July 2016

What are those essential things that you must carry in your car this monsoon season? Find out right away things that can come handy on a rainy day.

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While the Monsoon season is usually a time for celebration; for your vehicle, it’s a tough time. Waterlogged streets, broken windshield due to falling branches and skidding tires are just a few examples.

Now, there’s not much you can do about the unpredictable rain and road conditions. However, you can ensure that your insurance policy is active - with an excellent add-on cover for monsoons. Doing so will at least cover your financial risks during this period. However, your car should also be equipped with a monsoon-emergency kit. And here are five things that top that list-

Drinking water

On average days you may just take 30 minutes to reach home. But on rainy days, it can take as much as an hour - if not more. Waterlogging bars you from entering many streets and thus increases traffic jams. Always carry drinking water with you this season.

All that humidity and heat is likely to make you thirsty. Also, you may have switched off your air-conditioner to avoid running out of fuel – thus feeling warmer. Secondly, outside water is not safe to drink and is likely to be contaminated or infected. Also, this water would be handy in case you overheat your car and need to pour some down the radiator.

Dry food

Think biscuits, nuts, chips or any other dry food forms that can stay put in your car without getting spoilt. Sometimes, the traffic just doesn’t seem to budge for hours. And yes, you are tired and hungry! Especially, if you have kids or family with you, some snacks stacked away in your dashboard is a sensible option.

Insurance documents

It is great that you renewed your policy just before the monsoons, so you are covered. But it's essential to keep these car insurance papers in your car or have a copy on your phone/ e-mail. For example, if your car breaks down or there’s an accident. In this case, you could take the vehicle straight to the mechanic or service center.

And you really don’t want to go back all the way to your home or office to pick up these papers!

First-aid box

Monsoon or no-Monsoon, a first aid box should always be there in your car. This is not only for your family and your safety, but could be of help to others too. The essentials in the box should include-

  • Antiseptic bandage
  • Antiseptic lotion or cream
  • Some spirit or alcohol for cleaning wound
  • Cotton
  • Ointment for burns

In case, someone gets hurt, at least basic treatment can be started off.

Power bank and torch

Thank God for the invention of the power bank. You can now charge your mobile phone anywhere and everywhere. For instance, you were stranded for hours and passed time playing a few games on your mobile. And you didn’t realize your battery is low. Your phone may switch off due to low battery.

Thanks to the power bank, you can quickly recharge the same and stay connected with your family and friends. Most smartphones feature an inbuilt torch, but you must keep one in the car too. If you need to get out in the rain, and it’s too dark, a flashlight is a better option. After all, you don’t want your phone to get spoilt in the water.

Keeping these 5 things in your car can be handy on a bad rainy day. It will save you a lot of hassle, ensuring your safety to keep you going.

Karen Menezes
Written by Karen Menezes
An optimist at heart, Karen loves to see the world through a pair of rose-tinted glasses. An award-winning blogger, she loves to dream with her eyes open. Writing is not her passion, it’s an OCD! If at all she isn’t writing, you can find her shopping online or experimenting with DIY recipes.