Summer is upon us once again, and that means it’s time to start adjusting to the hot weather. While everybody concentrates on switching to a lighter wardrobe, don’t forget your car needs a little preparation too. This is because summer heat takes a heavy toll on the mechanical components of any vehicle. Exposure to hot weather makes every hinge, hose, seal, and movable part expand and contract extremely. It also vaporizes essential fluids quickly.
Take Care of Your Car:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that “Regular maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, battery checks, and tire rotations go a long way toward preventing breakdowns.” Servicing your car before the scorching heat intensifies can dramatically reduce wear and tear. The sooner you schedule your routine maintenance, the less you’ll have to worry about. Here are a few important things to do before getting behind the wheel this summer:
I. Replenish Your Emergency Supplies and Kits:
Every cycle of extreme weather makes it necessary to stock up on emergency supplies and kits. Even at the most basic level, acquiring some crisis amenities is a genuine matter of survival during the winter and summer. Make sure to stock up on:
▪ A legible copy of your Vehicle’s Manual.
▪ Extra Blankets, Towels and Clothes.
▪ First Aid Supplies.
▪ Flashlights, Flares and Visibility Equipment.
▪ Jumper Cables.
▪ Mobile Device Charging Accessories.
▪ Tire Maintenance Equipment Such as: a Pressure Gauge, Jack, Wheel Wedges, Wrench and Gloves.
II. Shade and Shelter:
Good A/C isn’t the only cure to driving around in the summer. Extra sunshine means extra light, and extra sweat. To protect yourself from being blinded by glare, make sure to constantly keep a pair of sunglasses within reach in your car. Also keep bottled water nearby so that you can avoid getting dehydrated. It may seem insignificant, but neglecting your physical condition in any way, especially during a heatwave, can create enough of a window for accidents to happen.
III. Visit your Mechanic:
Servicing a car before temperatures rise gives drivers a chance to detect problems that could deteriorate as a result of the heat. Make sure that:
▪ The air conditioning system works sufficiently.
▪ All fluid levels are topped-off.
▪ The braking system is operational.
▪ Tires are properly inflated (Including the Spare Tire).
Most experienced drivers know that responsible driving involves full awareness of road conditions. While it’s easy to assume this encompasses visual alertness while driving, it’s also important to be mindful of seasonal weather. As summer approaches, there are certain preparations every driver should make in order to adapt to the heat. Don’t force your car to function in extreme weather without protecting it a little. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!