Driving in the Summer Heat
The extreme heat can take a toll on your vehicle. It is important to be prepared as the temperatures are rising. Here are a few things to consider as you hit the road this summer.
Check your battery
Ensure your battery is securely mounted and the clamps are tight to minimize vibration. If your car’s battery is more than three years old, have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last. It’s always good to carry a set of jumper cables so you don’t get stranded.
Maintain your vehicle's cooling system
Have your vehicle’s coolant flushed and replaced per what is recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Keep an eye on your temperature gauge to make sure your vehicle is not overheating. Hoses and drive belts should be inspected and all worn parts should be replaced.
Inspect your tires for proper pressure (especially when traveling on hot roads)
Hot tires on hot pavement can be dangerous. Your tires should be checked monthly to ensure they are inflated to the recommended pressure per the vehicle manufacturer. Inspect your tire treads for adequate depth.
Make sure all fluids are at the appropriate levels
All vehicle fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid should be checked to ensure they are filled to the appropriate levels.
Maintain your vehicle's air conditioning system
If something doesn’t seem right with your vehicle’s air conditioning system, get it checked by a trained technician. Maintain a comfortable driving environment is important for your family and pets.
Even the most well maintained vehicles can fail. It’s good to have an emergency kit in your vehicle that’s appropriate for the season.
Always consult your owner’s manual or a trained technician to ensure you are caring for your vehicle properly during all seasons.