Most people can relate when you say you’ve been very busy and your only time for vacation is during the literally hottest weeks of the summer. During that earlier busy time, you likely neglected to think about any summertime auto care tips. Plus, it perhaps slipped your mind to have the car checked over before going on vacation with the family. While all sense of fun is usually associated with summer and warm temperatures, it can wreak havoc on the workability of your car.
Yes, this could potentially mean your car breaking down and stranding you all out in 100-degree heat. Then you’ll find out later one of these things should have been checked in the spring.
Coolant for Air Conditioning
The cooling system in your car is going to get a good working out if you’re driving in extremely warm conditions. If you haven’t checked to see if you have enough coolant in the coolant tank, then it could be a rude awakening. The old coolant that’s in there should also be flushed to avoid any contamination.
Hoses, Belts and Fans, Oh My!
The radiator hose is one of the most common parts to overheat during summer road trips. But so can belts and fan blades. These can easily be replaced, sometimes within minutes in places willing to install them for you while on vacation. Keep in mind that all of the above can go out if it gets too hot under the hood from above-mentioned lack of coolant.
Evaporation of Battery Fluid
Hot temperatures can make battery fluid evaporate quite easily, so don’t think that your battery is a happy camper during the summer like the rest of you are. If you’re using a lot of peripheral devices in your car like the stereo, or a GPS device, an overheated battery could mean bad news. Especially if your battery is more than a few years old, it’s best to have it checked or replaced before hitting the road.
Heat Affects Under-Inflated Tires
Don’t forget to check to see if your tires are under-inflated. If they are, it can leave room in the tires to overheat and blow out in hot climates. Highways that are dangerously hot, as well, can raise the stakes in blow outs, regardless of whether the tires are below their inflation level.
Best Plans of Action While Driving
The most basic way to keep your car cooler is to simply find shady areas to park. If that’s not always possible in treeless environments, merely cracking windows open while parked can help keep the car cooler.
And, within all common decency, don’t leave a human being or a pet sitting in your car without some method of cool air. They’ll break down in the heat as much as your car if you’re not careful.