Tips for Driving in Hot Weather
Summer inspires many to engage in outdoor adventures, traveling and other ways to enjoy the warm kiss of the sun. However, driving in a sweltering 120 degrees may take a toll on all of that joy. If you think you’re having a bad time sitting in rush hour traffic with the sun beaming down on you, imagine what could be happening to your car!
Aside from the regular routine maintenance necessary for a healthy car, summer heat demands extra inspection and care. Tires with low pressure are more likely to go flat, fluids drain, random parts of the car might even melt if you are in a climate like Phoenix or the southwest.
To keep you safe and cool this summer we have included some of our best tips for keeping your car up and running this summer. From keeping an eye on certain parts of the car to requesting a workup for your vehicle from a specialist, let’s dive into learning tips to drive in hot weather without ruining your vehicle.
In most cars, there will be a gauge that indicates the temperature of the engine of the car. If the gauge reads that the engine temperature is high, your car could be overheating and is unsafe to drive. If you are already on the road and realize the gauge is rising closer towards “H”, then it is a good idea to pull over and turn the car off to wait for it to cool down. Always make sure with a mechanic that this gauge is not broken either. Making sure that the readings are as accurate as possible can be beneficial to your overall safety.
It is important to get the fluids in your car checked, flushed out and replaced to avoid a stalling engine on the way to a summer hang out. Not only do our human bodies need to stay hydrated to properly function, so do our vehicles.
Evaporation of a cars vital fluids can be caused by excessive heat and an adequate amount of engine coolant is necessary to prevent overheating. Engine coolant is essentially an equal mix of water and antifreeze to prevent the engine from freezing in the winter and boiling liquids in the summer.
With the sun beaming down on the road from rise to set, the asphalt absorbs the sun’s heat. As temperature rises, so does the air pressure within a tire. Fully expanded, tight tires coming to contact with such a hot surface increases the likelihood of a tire blow out.
Whenever there is an opportunity to check the tire pressure of your vehicle do so. Having good tire pressure with ensures that the tires will last longer in the heat.
Just as sitting out in the sun for too long will age your skin, too much heat to a battery will shorten its lifespan. Batteries older than 2 years will need extra and careful inspection as it’s durability will weaken in the heat. The battery of a car already generates a great amount of heat from simply running the car.
Taking the battery to check how much longer it will last is an important precaution to remember. It is also a good idea to keep an extra battery stored somewhere dry and cool just in case.
For those who wear shorts know that sitting on a hot leather car seat feels like placing bacon on a hot skillet. Keeping the inside of your car is also imperative during the summer. Not only does it feel like your getting inside an oven when opening a car during the summer, but the cars interior material can be in danger of some aesthetic damages as well.
With the sun beaming through the glass and intensifying temperatures, materials like leather or plastic will crack and colors in other materials are sooner to fade. Make sure to park under shade, in a garage or use a car shade to protect your car’s interior.
Whether you are taking a road trip to find beach waters to cool off or just sitting in mundane rush hour traffic to and from work, it is important for your car’s health and your safety to take extra precautions. For other driving tips visit our website to learn more about what you can do for your car in the summer.