Driving in extreme weather can present new challenges and risks, both to you and your vehicle. Whether you’re planning on taking a road trip this summer, driving to and from work every day, or simply taking short journeys around your town or city, it helps to know how to handle driving in the summer heat. Read on for tips on how to prepare your car and adjust your driving habits when the temperatures rise.

Check fluid levels more often

As you might expect, the heat causes the fluids in your car to evaporate more quickly than in lower temperatures. So, you should check these fluid levels more frequently when the temperatures rise outside as they are likely to need replacing more often. Check your coolant levels, brake fluid, motor oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, and power steering fluid.

Check your battery

The heat can also place a lot of pressure on your car’s battery. Take your car into the mechanic to have your battery tested to make sure it is in good enough condition to withstand the heat. If your battery is old or damaged, it will be safer and usually more cost-effective to replace it rather than risk it failing on a journey.

Check your tire pressure

High temperatures will cause your tires to expand (which is why you should always test their pressure while the tires are cool). So, it’s all the more important to check your tire pressure during the summer. Under-inflated tires are even more sensitive to these changes caused by the heat, so it’s important that all your tires are inflated to the proper level.

Make sure the AC is working

You hear warnings against leaving dogs inside cars on hot days, and the same goes for you, too. Driving for long periods of time in hot weather without functioning air conditioning will make it more likely for you to get dehydrated or suffer from heat stroke. Have your AC checked and maintained, especially before a long drive.

Be prepared for a breakdown

It always helps to have an emergency kit in your car in case of a breakdown or flat tire. Since breakdowns become more common in intense heat, this is all the more important in the summer. Here are a few things to include in your emergency breakdown kit:

  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire
  • A jack
  • Blanket

Here are some more tips for preparing an emergency kit for your car.

You’ll be better able to relax and enjoy the summer knowing that your car is in good shape and can handle the heat. Schedule your summer maintenance with Bill’s Auto Clinic to make sure your car is prepared. Get in touch for services in Winston Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad.

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