Working the Weather-Heat
The temperatures are rising, the pavements are sizzling, and the smell of summer barbecues fills the air. Summer is here. Along with the joys of barbecues, swimming trips, and vacations however, comes the heat. Being worried about our cars during rising temperatures isn’t something as common as worrying about your car in the winter, but it should be. There are definitely precautions that are necessary to take during hot summer months to not only protect yourself but your vehicle as well.
Let’s start with the most important part; the driver. Before we get to talking about how to take care of your car during the heat, it’s important to know that you must take care of yourself. Staying hydrated while driving is always a necessity but during hotter months it’s even more important. Bring water bottles with you in your truck or car to stay hydrated or pack hydrating fruits to snack on such as watermelon or strawberries. Dehydration can come out of nowhere and can cause dizziness, disorientation, and everything else you shouldn’t have while driving. Stay safe, stay hydrated.
Checking your car before a trip and even during a long trip can help avoid unnecessary slow downs, and irreversible damage to your vehicle. Some things to keep an eye on that can be affected by heat are:
Your battery-heat drains your battery so make sure you’re not heading out on a long trip with an old half empty battery or you probably won’t be making it back.
Fluids-Check pretty much all fluids in your car if you can before taking off. Most important to maintain and check periodically is of course your engine coolant. Just don’t forget that heat evaporates liquids so check your motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc. Check all this before and at times during a trip if it’s long to avoid more hassle down the road.
Another very important check to keep in mind is for your tires. Make sure you don’t have any worn down tires. This might go along coolant as being the most important thing to check before heading out on a really hot day. If you drive in hot weather with worn down tires you can cause a blow out of your tires. That pretty much means your tire may explode which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. It’s very terrifying so make sure to check your tires so you never have to experience it.
Don’t forget that knowing that there are precautions to take when driving in the heat just like there are when driving in the cold can prevent accidents and damage to your vehicle. Taking care of the driver first by staying hydrated, checking necessary mechanics and fluids, and making sure your tires aren’t worn down are the basic steps to take when planning to take a long trip during tremendous heat. Don’t take the heat lightly.