Summer is the hottest time of the year. Summer’s high temperatures can have a negative effect on almost everything. This includes your vehicle. Austin summer weather conditions can push a vehicle past its breaking point. This can lead to a few drivers winding up stranded at the roadside. It is important to be prepared for this time of the year. Here are five tips to keep you from becoming one of these stranded Texas drivers.
• KEEP YOUR ENGINE COOL
Cooling protects motors from overheating and cracking. Between fluid flushes, ensure the coolant is filled to the optimal level in the overflow tank. Be careful, never remove the radiator cap when the vehicle engine is hot. Bubbling coolant under pressure can cause very serious damage and injuries. Other car components are vulnerable to heat related weakening. Inspect hoses and drive belts for breaking, weaknesses or other instances of wear while under the hood.
• MAKE SURE FLUIDS ARE AT APPROPRIATE LEVELS
One important thing to take note of during summer is the fluid level of your vehicle. This is because engine fluids lubricate as well as cools the engine by taking heat away from critical parts. When vehicle fluids level is low, the chances of overheating are increased. Make sure to check your vehicle fluids as often as possible. If you need to top off, make sure you follow manufacturer recommended brands.
• MAKE SURE YOUR TIRES ARE PROPERLY INFLATED
Driving on under-inflated tires can make tires overheat and increase the chance of a blowout, particularly when street temperatures are very high. Check your vehicle’s tire pressure at least once every month. Tires ordinarily lose around one pound of weight for each month through standard use leakage. Also, check tire weights when the tires are cold as heat causes expansion of gasses.
• MAKE SURE YOUR BATTERY IS READY FOR HIGH TEMPERATURES
Hot Texas summers can have a more negative effect on your battery than winter temperatures. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst nightmares. It could lead to inside breakdown and possible dead battery. While you can’t do much about the weather, you can ensure your battery is safely mounted to limit vibration. Another potential issue is faster evaporation of battery liquid, which can corrode terminals. Clean off any corrosion from battery terminals and link cinches, make sure there is a conducting dielectric grease and ensure the clamps are very tight and won’t move.
• MAINTAIN COMFORTABLE DRIVING ENVIRONMENT
In summer, safety is an issue. The heat can cause irritability and distraction. One thing never mentioned that is very important while driving in our hot weather is comfort. Have comfortable shoes, use air conditioning when you need it, sunglasses to prevent glare and stay rested and hydrated. Distraction and irritability cause mistakes, mistakes can be fatal on the road. Remember your health and safety are part of your traveling performance as well. Stop and rest when you have to and try to stay calm and distraction free while driving.
In conclusion, even with preventive support, summer breakdowns can in any case happen, make sure you have a well-loaded emergency kit in your vehicle. Make sure you and your vehicle are summer ready before driving in summer. If you have any needs, remember to give us a call at 512-710-2286 to schedule your summer service today!
Written with Uche Saint Olumide