Riding Your Motorbike in Rain. A Few Crucial Tips For This Monsoon.

Riding in the rain is not as romantic as you see in the movies, not if you disregard all precautions.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about tyres used in professional races like F1 and MotoGP.

There are two kinds of tyres that professional racers use on racing track based on whether they are racing on a dry tarmac or a wet one. Slick tyres are used in dry conditions and wet tyres are used in wet conditions. One of the main difference between the two types of tyres is patterned grooves or thread in a tyre (other difference is the material used).

Slick tyres give great grip on the dry tarmac as they produce a lot of friction. The same tyres end up with dangerously low friction on wet conditions (called aquaplaning). The groves on the wet tyres help channel the water out from under the tyre to keep contact between tyre and tarmac.

Since in our everyday life we can’t keep changing the tyres based on whether it rains that day, we all use tyres with grooves for our motorbikes and cars. The groves on your tyres are therefore very crucial in wet conditions to save you from skidding due to water on the roads. If the grooves have worn out on your tyres, you are at a higher risk riding on a rainy day. It is time to change your tyres.

Here are a few more things you may want to keep in mind when you have to ride in the rains or on wet roads:

  • As a general rule, ride slower in wet conditions than your normal speed to compensate for the reduced friction. This is especially applicable when braking, cornering or when you are accelerating.
  • Keep in mind the stopping distance is longer when you brake, so plan the braking accordingly. Not anticipating the increased stopping distance is the main factor for the increase in the number of accidents on wet roads. Do not brake when the motorbike is angled as the probability of your fall is very high.

  • Also,
    be very observant about the road ahead and what is on the road. Gravels, oil, wet leaves, plastic paper, manholes, and painted lines are extra slippery on a wet road and it is easy to skid over those. Avoid them, if not, drive over cautiously.

Trivia:  “Skid Training” i.e. learning how to drive on wet roads, is part of driver training in Norway.

  • Avoid puddles on road (part of potholes) as you can’t gauge the depth of them. As more often you may underestimate the damage of riding over them.

It may, therefore, be dangerous to do things on wet roads which may seem totally safe on a sunny day. Also, a lot of people tend to drive at the same speed regardless whether the road is wet or dry. Their mistakes can not only be dangerous to themselves, but also to others riding/driving nearby. So, be cautious about other drivers on the road too, just in case.

Some things you can be prepared for when you anticipate unavoidable rides in rains:

  • Check weather conditions in advance.
  • Carry a raincoat.
  • Carry a rain cover for your bag/backpack.
  • Carry a drying cloth for your vehicle.
  • Carry a waterproof pouch (or a plastic bag) to keep your gadgets safe.

Finally, drive with caution all the time. Drive with preparedness and extra caution when you are riding in the rain.

When you are ready. You can stay calm and enjoy riding in the rain too.

PS: Have Gaadi360 inspect your motorbike readiness for Monsoon rains, at your doorstep, Or simply call 8105444222.

Motorbike Servicing through Gaadi360. Here is why you should try.

Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you serviced your motorbike?

It is most likely that you won’t remember the date. You may also not remember when exactly do you need to service your motorbike next.

Maintenance frequencies are different for different people, even when they have the same model, driving conditions, and usage. It is approximately 4 months for some, 6 months for others, and is whenever the vehicle breaks down for many.

Manufacturers for commuter motorbikes advice for the vehicles to be checked for minor issues and engine oil change after every 3 months of normal usage. What many may not know is, following that advice rigorously will keep your motorbike in fine running conditions for decades.

Let me introduce Gaadi360 and how it can simplify motorbike maintenance for you.

Gaadi360 is a 2-year old startup solving the pains involved in motorbike maintenance.

These pains exactly:

  1. Taking time out to go to a service station.
  2. Going physically to the service station.
  3. Picking up your motorbike from the service station after repairs.
  4. The inconvenience of single/restricted modes of payment.
  5. Doubts of transparency in billing.
  6. Doubts about service quality.
  7. The absence of professional customer care.
    Post service support which is hard to find.

How are we solving these issues?

RELIABLE SERVICE STATIONS:
So your bike is in safe hands

Firstly we went ahead and partnered with some great service stations in each area of the city based on criteria that gauged their quality of service. Over the period of 2 years, we screened out service stations based on customer reviews. We now have very reliable service stations working with us. We have served several thousand bikes through these service station partners.

BIKE PICKUP AND DELIVERY:
So you may save your time and effort to visit service station

While you book your bike service on Gaadi360, you get to opt for the free pickup and delivery back to your home or office. This saves you the trouble of traveling to the service station yourself. Free pickup is offered up to 2km from the service station. A nominal fee is charged beyond.

EASY PAYMENT OPTIONS:
So you may pay the way you want

Payment is accepted only after the service is done and the motorbike is delivered back to you. The only exception is in the case of major repairs like engine boring where the estimated price of repairs is high.
You have the option to pay by any means that is convenient to you; Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Online Payment, Paytm.

QUALITY SERVICE:
So you may have peace of mind

The core reason why anyone should use Gaadi360 is because of the quality of work we strive to provide. Assurance of quality is possible because of the long and strong working relationship we have with our service station partners. There is also a more tangible assurance of 30-day warranty post service given to all bikes serviced from Gaadi360.

In an unlikely event of an issue that was fixed recurring, we will fix the same, either at your doorstep or by taking the bike to the service station, at zero cost to you.

BREAKDOWN ASSISTANCE:
A friend in need

Apart from booking for your motorbike service, you can avail assistance when your vehicle breaks down on road (or at home/office). It could be a flat tire, or your bike wouldn’t start, or bike’s clutch wire snapped, or for any other reason. The assistance will arrive at you in 30-45 minutes anywhere in the city.

You may also ensure peace of mind about breakdowns by buying Annual Roadside Assistance Pack. This will ensure quick assistance on any roads of India (inside and outside cities) at an affordable price (Rs 50/month paid annually).
Here is a small post about breakdowns.

Okay, fine! you may say. How do I book my bike service on Gaadi360?

3 Simple Ways.

  1. Express Booking:
     Provide a few details and we will choose the right service station for you based on our internal ratings for service stations in your area.
  2. Normal Booking:
     On website or app search for our partnering service stations in your area, select a date, provide few details about you and your bike, and book the service.
  3. Call / WhatsApp / Chat:
     Give a call to get any info or ask us to make the booking on your behalf, or WhatsApp the details for us to book service, or chat with us from the website chat client to get any info or assistance.

 

If you decide to give us a try, here are a few quick links for booking bike service or getting breakdown assistance.

Try Gaadi360 for your motorbike service and you may never have to visit a garage/service station again!

Headlights on, All the time?

Get accustomed to well-meaning pedestrians’ concern for you to turn off your bike’s headlight from now on, at least till they are used to seeing headlights on all the time.

If you have bought a vehicle after 31st March 2017, your vehicle along with being BSIV compliant also comes with a missing headlamp switch. This is commonly called AHO (Automatic Headlight On) feature, similar to DRL (Daylight Running Lamps) in cars.

The idea is to increase safety for two-wheelers by making them more conspicuous (with the headlight on) for others on the road. This will be useful at dawn and dusk (esp. on lanes with tree cover), in rains, and in foggy/dusty conditions. It could also save accidents in blind curves, and vehicle overtaking situations on 2-way roads.

Few facts about AHO.

  • AHO, a passive safety feature, is made mandatory for all motorbikes sold after April 1, 2017, by Govt of India.
  • Like in some of the high-end bikes and DRL in cars, the headlights in motorbikes will stay on as long as the ignition is on.
  • Two-wheeler manufacturers have now removed the on/off switch located on the right handlebar, between engine kill switch and electric start button.
  • Two-wheelers accounted for the single category of vehicles that have met with the highest number of fatal road crashes (32,524) in 2014. Another 1,27,452 instances where people on road (including riders) suffered injuries.
  • This AHO directive was based on directions from the Supreme Court appointed Justice Radhakrishnan committee. Transport ministry issued a notification in March 2016, making AHO mandatory for all two-wheelers from April 2017.
  • It is implemented along with BSIV. Bharath Stage IV is an emission norm regulation for manufacturers. BSIV and AHO have nothing to do with each other. They just happened to be implemented together.
  • DRL and AHOs are currently mandatory in several developed countries. This feature is there in Europian countries since 2003.

Some concerns regarding the AHO rule

 What happens to my motorbike’s battery if the headlight is always on?
A LED light would consume very little power. Halogen bulbs would be an issue.

European countries may require this rule because of their environmental conditions. Does India really need this rule?
Yes, it is needed. People forget to put on the headlights during dawn and dusk. They may think they can see the roads clearly (confident of their eyesight!), but the headlight is for others on road to see your vehicle too.

People will start indicating to me to put my bike’s headlight off every time during the day now. It is a nuisance.
They will eventually learn about the rule or get bored indicating about headlights to too many on the road. It would be great if they start pointing out that you are not wearing your helmet, or riding with your vehicle stand on.

AHO is a great little move for safety, though long pending. It surely will save some precious lives on the road, though the saved may not attribute it to the headlights.

The government is also working on another feature which would create a specific type of noise which would alert the people or police officials nearby of any accidents. This feature is being given importance as the current response time to help people involved in any crash is still not quick enough and that this response time would be longer in remote areas. Hope this will soon be implemented.

We can save so much misery with every life saved. Let us welcome and appreciate every safety measure coming in our way.

Don’t forget the best thing to do on the road is to drive sensibly, that is, with common sense and empathy for others sharing the road and pavements.

Vehicle Breakdowns and Why you probably Don’t Care!

If you are fortunate not to have had a vehicle breakdowns yourself, can I safely presume you have seen people stranded on the road, with their vehicle refusing to budge by their side, probably frustrated?

What did you learn from that?

Did you wonder if that could happen to you? And how should you be prepared if your vehicle broke down?

If you are like most people you probably returned to your riding, or nap or conversation and then forgot all about it. That’s not unusual.

There is a reason we all behave that way. It is called optimism bias. In other words, our belief where we tell ourselves “it won’t happen to me”.  

This is one of the basic biases of human psychology where we tell ourselves we are less at risk of experiencing any negative event compared to others. This is not just towards vehicle breakdowns but to any kind of threat that is not immediate.

Sure optimism bias keeps you out of worries, but it also keeps you in your comfort zone, even when you should not be. Sometimes the false hope is painful when it is shattered.

Motorbikes and cars are machines with hundreds of mechanical parts working together. More the moving parts in a machine, more the wear and tear. Motorbikes have hundreds of moving parts and cars have thousands.

When you don’t adhere to the strict routine of regular maintenance, the wear and tear increase greatly and the breakdown point is reached very soon. 

Will maintaining your vehicle regularly help you avoid breakdowns altogether?

Sadly, even if you maintain your vehicle well, you can’t help flat tires, one of the most reported issues that bring your journey to a halt. Postponing fuel refills sometimes leaves chronic procrastinators among us on road with empty tanks.

Sometimes you might simply lose your key on your journey. Perhaps you are having a bad day and the vehicle just stops and you don’t know why.

Avoiding breakdowns by preventive maintenance is possible, to an extent, but you can’t avoid it entirely. When you can’t avoid something entirely, it’s better to be prepared for it.

The ideal solution would be to super disciplined about your regular maintenance, never procrastinating refilling when you are low on fuel, always being careful not to lose the key, giving a thorough check to the vehicle before beginning any ride. Learning to repair issues by yourself and carry spares. Lastly, knowing where on-road your tire will get punctured, and avoid it. That sure is hard!

The simpler solution would be to have human-level discipline and supplement it with breakdown assistance cover (RAC) which acts like an insurance. This would reliably rescue you at that unfortunate vehicle breakdown event on the road. Plan peace of mind for that high-stress situation.

Check out Gaadi360 Roadside Assistance Cover (RAC). This RAC costs just Rs 50/month (less than Rs 2/day) for a motorbike and Rs 125/month (about Rs 4/day) for a car. Isn’t that less than what you spend on a cup of coffee every day? 🙂

Maybe it’s time you were prepared.

Our Story So Far; The Past Year.

 

It’s been a year already! 🙂

First off, to all those who used Gaadi360, Thank you. You are the reason our dream exists.

Here is our story so far

We started Gaadi360 on the 14th of February 2015 at 10:10 PM with great enthusiasm. This was the greatest thing we were doing. The aim was simple, to make motorbike maintenance easy. That’s all, but the task at hand wasn’t as we later realised.

After many sleepless nights and countless brainstormings about how we want to execute it, we created a platform for the most reliable multi-brand service stations that users could choose from and avail the services. We wanted to standardize few things and others would vary according to service stations.

Convincing the right service stations initially was a hard task as they couldn’t see it working model or had they heard of something on similar lines before. We managed to convince a few service stations that finally agreed to give us a try, and we launched our website with these partners.

Getting customers to use it was a greater challenge as some of them openly expressed their apprehensions in trusting a service station person showing up at their house or office to inspect and then take away the motorbike to the service station for repairs.

We addressed those issues with transparency, a process to identify pickup personnel with codes, and establishing greater communication between the three entities (User, Service Station and Gaadi360).

Our friends and families were the first to try the product as they had no dearth of trust on us. The initial users were delighted, the campaigns, continuous product improvement, google ads, and word of mouth slowly happened. We launched Gaadi360 in Hyderabad in December 2015.

Addressing the customer’s issues at any cost at any time was the goal. Sometimes we ourselves picked the vehicles and delivered, and one day we ran around the city to address a genuine issue for one customer, the other day we travelled half way through the city at 2AM to tow a couple’s motorbike that had brokedown, to their house. We were glad at the end of it all, we left no stone unturned in our capacity to live up to the one simple goal, make motorbike maintenance easy.

Service stations have started approaching us to come onboard Gaadi360 platform, the onboarding conditions more stringent now, so only the best remain. Many new customers are discovering Gaadi360 every day.

Through the 365 day journey, we further learnt other painpoints of the motorbike owner. There are exciting new features planned in the coming days. The work to push the envelope to further simplify vehicle maintenance is still on and always will be.

Thank you for giving us an opportunity to serve you. It has been a great experience for us.

Thank you.

Ride responsibly. Safety before all else.

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