The Monsoon has set in. If you are a rain enthusiast, you could be looking forward to riding in the rain. But for a scooter owner, this season can be bothersome as the rains can play havoc with your two-wheeler. There could be frequent “brakedowns” due to heavy downpours. Plus, the chances of skidding while riding increase dramatically on the wet roads. You need to maintain your scooter, especially your tyres, to ensure that while you enjoy the ride, you and your scooter stay safe. So enjoy the thrill of monsoon riding even when you commute, with these easy tips to maintain the health of your scooter tyres and avoid mishaps.
1) Ride your scooter after the first heavy rainfall if possible
As a precautionary measure, if possible, try to avoid riding the scooter for the first few showers of rain. Because after heavy rains, you will find cleaner roads as they would be free from oil, dust, and sharp objects, What does this mean for your scooter? Fewer chances of encountering slippery roads and puncture problems, especially if you have a healthy set of scooter tyres.
But we understand that it’s not always possible to avoid riding your scooter in the first rains. So, here are some tips to ensure a safe and convenient scooter ride during the rains.
2 ) Inspect the brakes
When the brakes, be it disc or drum brakes, come in contact with the rain water, they tend to underperform on wet roads. So it’s good to change the pads/liners if they are worn out.
Clean the brake liner periodically and ensure that the brake oil is up to the recommended level for smoother performance.
Your scooter might be equipped with ABS, yet, do not apply the brakes abruptly. Instead, press them gradually to avoid slippage and traction loss, especially while riding at high speeds and when you are driving down the flyover.
3) Tyre check
Depending upon your usage, the scooter tyre check should be done every 2-3 or 5-6 months. You can examine the tyre for wear, cuts, or bulges. This inspection should be done irrespective of seasons. So, it’s important to examine your scooter tyres well before the monsoons arrive, to keep the tyres rain-ready.
The pothole-ridden city roads can cause damage even to the best scooter tyres. Hence, if you have worn out tyres, replace them at once, as tyres play a decisive role in the grip and control over wet surfaces.
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4) Tyre tread depth inspection
Inspect the tread of your tyres. You can check the tyre’s tread depth by looking at the tyre wear indicator (TWI) mark found inside the main grooves. Tyres below the prescribed tread depth fail to maintain a strong grip and are unsafe. For a good grip, the tread depth should be of at least 1mm along with clearly visible TWI on the shoulder part.
With greater tread depth, the chances of punctures are minimal, while tyres with low tread are more prone to punctures.
If you need a new set of tyres, you might want to consider CEAT Gripp X3 or CEAT Milaze which are some of the best scooter tyres for the rains. The CEAT Gripp X3 comes with dual-layer technology, which means that despite tread wear, the grip remains as good as new! And if you want long tread life, the CEAT Milaze offers one of the highest tread depths in the scooter tyre segment. Check out these top scooter tyres for the rains here
5) Tyre pressure check
To extract maximum performance, and to ensure minimal harm to your wheels, check the air pressure of your tyres regularly, throughout the year. To experience sufficient grip, especially during the monsoons, it is advised to maintain the tyre pressure 2-3 PSI below the recommended point.
6) Headlight & taillight brightness
A working headlight with maximum brightness is a must while driving in the rains, as visibility drops during the monsoon. If the headlights are not bright enough, neither can you see the road ahead, nor the vehicles ahead of you can see you. This also applies to your taillights. Dim taillights reduce your visibility to the vehicles behind you. This consequently increases the chances of accidents.
SUPER TIP: Using reflective decals in the front, sides and rear of your two-wheeler/scooter can make you visible from a distance.
7) Weekly inspection
If you are a daily commuter, it is advisable to do a periodic service as well as a close weekly inspection of your two-wheeler to check for engine oil leakage or oil leak from the brake. This can save you from getting into situations like being stranded in the middle of the road.
Use these seven super tips to have a safe and smooth ride on your scooter this monsoon. Personify calmness and composure while taking on the monsoon roads on your scooter with CEAT’s best monsoon tyres!