The high temperatures of summer affect everyone, including your vehicle. Heat in the summer can push your vehicle past its limits and lead you to find yourself stranded on the road. That’s why making sure that your car is ready for the summer heat is extremely important. Apart from preparing your car for summer, there are also certain things you should pay close attention to when driving in the heat.
Here are 5 things that you should pay close attention to when driving in the heat:
1. Keep an Eye on the Temperature Gauge
While it may seem like a difficult thing to do while driving in summer, trying to focus on the road, as well as, all the variables that come with driving, but it will soon become a habit. Try not to get distracted while driving and keep an eye on the temperature gauge to make sure that you know when it is rising so you can take precautions.
2. Take a Good Look at Your Tires
If there is any weakness in your tires, the heat will only intensify it. While it is recommended to inspect the tires before hitting the road, you should also check them from time to time when on the road, especially if you suspect something going wrong.
3. Keep a Check on Coolant Levels in Your Car
When the coolant levels in your car are good, you can rest easy that your vehicle’s engine will stay cool while you drive in the summer heat. If you notice a drop in the coolant levels, then it is recommended that you top them off. Keep an extra bottle of coolant in the boot for emergencies.
4. Monitor the Air Conditioning Performance
Maintaining comfortable driving environment is extremely important in summer as it reduces fatigue which plays an important role in vehicle safety and driver alertness. A properly working air conditioning can be more than just a pleasant convenience during the extreme summer heat. So, you should pay close attention to its performance. If the car’s air conditioning is not maintaining the interior temperature as expected, then it means the refrigerant level is low or there is some other issue. In such a scenario, it is highly recommended that you have the air conditioning system checked by a certified technician.
5. Pay Attention to the Brakes
When exposed to extreme summer heat, vehicle rotors and brake pads are more likely to wear and crack. Apart from this, stop-and-go traffic can also damage the brake pads. So, you should pay attention to the brakes when driving. If you hear any grinding or odd noises coming from the brake pads, get them inspected immediately.
In conclusion, summer can be a difficult season for everyone, including your vehicle. However, it is also the best time of the year for long trips with friends and family. The above-mentioned tips and suggestions will go a long way in helping you and your car beat the summer heat.
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