Shielding Your Vehicle

in the Sizzling Sun

Shielding Your Vehicle in the Sizzling Sun

The dog days of summer time are here, and like it or not, the hot climate may wreak havoc on your car or truck. Here are 5 ideas to help prevent heat-related breakdowns (and costly vehicle repairs):

Keep a close eye on your car’s temperature gauge. If perhaps the light comes on or the temperature gauge comes into the red zone, securely pull over. Driving perhaps a short distance with an overheated engine can lead to damage, probably ending in costly fixes. Wait for the engine to cool prior to driving on and do not try to cool the engine quickly with chilly water. An immediate alteration of temperature also can damage the engine.

Don’t take off the radiator cover. This may cause very hot steam to spray out, probably bruising you. Wait for that engine to cool before adding coolant along with water. Better yet, be sure to check the coolant level and add more when necessary before leaving your garage!

Check out all vehicle fluids - not simply the actual coolant. The actual summer can cause extra stress on your car’s systems so make sure to check the oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and brake fluid within your car repeatedly to be sure they're at the proper levels.

Don’t forget to check the tire pressure. Since the temperature changes, so can the air within your tires. This can cause potential problems in case your tires become over or even under inflated.

Never ever keep kids or pets inside a parked car. Hot temperature conditions can easily rise and become toxic within a automobile.

It’s also a good plan to have an emergency kit, water as well as a charged cell phone handy, if you happen to do break down. Drive safely and enjoy the summer months while it continues!

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