The monsoons have well and truly arrived and what better time than this to head out on a long drive? As soon as the first rains arrive, road conditions change drastically, putting every little part of the car to the test. Starting with the braking systems to the headlights to the windshield wipers, everything needs to be in order to have a safe drive in the rains and we did just that in two capable SUVs, with Bosch systems on-board.
Mumbai to Kolhapur
We were flagged off on this drive nice and early from Bosch India’s regional office in Mumbai, but before we could even step out of the city limits, gremlins had caught up to us. The Yeti we were driving developed a flat tyre, which we discovered was due to a gash in the sidewall, so that meant repairing was not an option. We put on the spare wheel and headed off to get it replaced.
After getting the tyre replaced, we decided to get both the cars checked at Agast Brothers Auto Works, a Bosch service setup in Turbhe on the outskirts of Mumbai. This proved to be a wise move as the staff there found that the Yeti was running a little low on oil. A couple of litres of 5W-30 engine oil later, the Yeti’s engine was finally happy with its contents. They gave the XUV5oo a thorough once-over, too, before sending us off on this long journey.
The whole tyre replacement incident delayed us to the point that we had to make do with Kolhapur for the night halt instead of heading all the way to Goa. We hit the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at a late 6pm. And even then, it was a bit of a stretch for us, but thankfully the Gods were on our side, gifting us with great road conditions and minimal traffic along the way, not to mention fantastic weather. In no time, we were at the city limits of Pune and not much later, it was in our rear-view mirror too.
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