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Get ready for monsoon this year with few tips and precautions

MONSOON- It's a season for which we actually wait after the longest and hottest summer season. Everyone wants to enjoy monsoon as all are frustrated with hot and humid summers. This year it is expected to hit during the first week of June.

According to India Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast, "monthly rainfall across the country is likely to be 96% of its long-term average during July, and 99% of the average during August." So this year there is a 65% probability that rains will be normal to excess for the entire country.

But it's really hard to predict in advance and we cannot rely on these things, sometimes it brings heavy rains and sometimes not. It's a season when most of the industries such as transportation, constructions and many more affect further affecting the economy.

We all know that transportation sector is the backbone of an Indian economy and it's a sector which is affected most during monsoon as the roads are not proper, they are not maintained properly from time to time resulting into more road accidents, damages to cargo, highway traffic, delay in delivery of goods etc., affecting the industry badly.

During monsoon, transporters has to take care of their cargo as there are more chances of cargo damage due to direct exposure to rains. They have to take special precautions to protect their cargo such as:

  1. Pre-monsoon check up of vehicles covering batteries, tyres, lights – headlights and signal lights, electrical wiring, brake fluid, brakes, engine fluids and wipers
  2. In case of  Closed body trucks, check if there are any holes or weak body. Do the necessary repairs wherever required.
  3. Check tyres for safety. Replace worn out tyres with a new set.
  4. Check for wheel alignment.
  5. Proper packaging of high value materials.
  6. Waterproof packaging should be done to materials.
  7. Timely maintenance of vehicles.

Further we would like to give few tips to truck drivers such as:

  1. Keep safe distance between vehicles.
  2. Avoid using urgent breaks on wet roads.
  3. Ensure that all lights are working properly.
  4. Send drivers who know the routes well.
  5. Plan your trip according to the rain forecast.
  6. Know the weight restrictions on the bridges.
  7. Avoid driving on water overflowing bridges.
  8. If water is covering the road, avoid taking risks since there may be potholes or drainage holes.
  9. For hazardous goods, use special routes.

So this monsoon have a safe and happy journeys.

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