YOUR VEHICLE AND THE SUMMER HEAT
They’re finally here: the lazy, HOT, days of summer. Though many of us enjoy the heat and the opportunity to engage in some of our favorite summer activities, we all have to be aware of the risks of being out in the high temperatures and take appropriate precautions. The same is true for our cars.
Extreme heat can be tough on our cars and trucks. Everything from exterior paint to tire pressure can be affected. Following is a brief checklist of possible issues your vehicle may have due to the harsh heat and ways to manage them.
- Air Conditioner
The first thing you probably think about as the temperature climbs is the state of your car’s air conditioner. Few of us can stand to drive in a car during the dog days of summer without a properly working air conditioner. It’s important to have your air conditioner checked and serviced before the temperatures get into triple digits. Even if your air conditioner is currently blowing cold air, you may be low on refrigerant or one small leak away from catastrophe. So, have the air conditioner checked and serviced today.
High heat can affect your tires’ air pressure. As temperatures rise, the air in your tires expands, so check to make sure that they are at the proper pressure before you set out on your drive or you get into the hottest part of the day. Consult your owner’s manual to find out what the proper pressure is for your tires and check them regularly. Also, inspect your tires for wear and tear and the right amount of tread. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road in the dead of summer with a flat tire.
- Engine Fluids and Filters
Keeping your engine cool is crucial this time of year. Engine coolant—or antifreeze—is the number one thing you should stay on top of in the summer. It’s easy for you to check and add coolant. You can consult your owner’s manual for specific directions. You also want to make sure your motor oil and windshield washer fluid levels are adequate, and your air filters are in good shape. It’s best to change your oil before we hit the maximum heat of summer.
- Exterior Paint and Interior Surfaces
Exterior paint can take a real beating in the summer sun. In addition, high temperatures in the interior of cars not only make it uncomfortable when you slide in, they also can damage surfaces. Keep the exterior of your car waxed to protect the paint, use a windshield sunshade to protect interior surfaces, and park under an awning or in the shade whenever possible.
These are just a few tips to help you maintain your vehicle this summer—and stay safer on the roads. And remember, if you do happen to get in an accident, come to the nearest Accident and Injury Chiropractic. Our goal is to get you back out enjoying the lazy days of summer as quickly as possible.