Whether planning a road trip this summer or scheduling your vehicle for regular servicing, your car must be ready for the extreme heat expected in Georgia. While newer vehicles are designed to withstand the rising temperatures, the intense heat can put additional stress on the tires, batteries, cooling system, and other components of the car, so car owners must take the necessary steps to ensure that their vehicle is properly maintained and prepared for the heat. Failure to do so can increase the risk of a breakdown or a severe accident.
Before heading out on your next road trip, make sure that you keep the following safety tips in mind.
It is highly recommended that you schedule an appointment with a mechanic before the summer heat begins. A mechanic can check the following:
This is probably the most critical maintenance issue that needs to be addressed in preparation for the summer weather. The rising temperatures cause the air pressure inside the tires, which makes the tires expand. This, coupled with the increased friction, high-speed driving, and frequent braking, can cause the tires to heat up even more, increasing the risk of a tire blowout. Therefore, it is crucial that you purchase the appropriate tires for your vehicles, that the proper air pressure is maintained, and that your tires are replaced if the treads become worn.
Extreme heat can hurt the condition of the battery. Heat causes evaporation, and fluid loss can cause the battery to run low or stop working. Steps you can take to take proper care of your vehicle’s battery include mounting the battery in place securely, cleaning any corrosive material that may have built up from the battery terminals and cable clamps, making sure that the clamps are tightly secured, and having the battery tested by a mechanic. You can check the battery’s condition if you have a multimeter or a power probe. Otherwise, a mechanic can help you check the condition of your battery and determine whether it needs to be replaced.
If your vehicle’s engine overheats, you could end up stuck on the side of the road in the extreme heat until help arrives. To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you have the system flushed and the coolant replaced periodically. In addition, a mechanic should inspect all hoses and drive belts to determine any cracking, soft spots, or other signs of poor condition. If there are any worn or damaged parts, the mechanic can take care of these repairs.
In preparation for the extreme heat, check your vehicle’s fluid levels, including coolant, motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, ensure all fluids are topped off to the appropriate levels.
The air conditioning is very important to work correctly during the hot summer months. In addition to maintaining a comfortable temperature in the car, this can help you stay awake and alert while driving. A certified mechanic can check the cooling system and make any necessary repairs.
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