Northcentral Kasnas Public Affairs Manager
We are still in the middle of summer and while you may already know the dangers of driving in the winter and how the cold weather affects your vehicle. Do you know the dangers of driving in extreme heat? Just like winter conditions, extreme heat can also take a toll on your vehicle.
According to a few suggestions from GEICO, it is important to check the following on your vehicle before hitting the road this summer:
- Make sure your radiator is working properly and is filled with fluid to prevent your vehicle from overheating.
- Double check your tires, are they properly inflated?
- Make sure your air conditioner is in good working order.
- If you are planning to travel long distance, plan your trip for early in the morning or late in the evening. The weather is a bit cooler and will make it easier on your car’s engine.
In addition to taking care of your vehicle in the hot weather, it is especially important to take care of your passengers. Today is National Heat Stroke Awareness Day — Did you know, a closed car can heat up well over one hundred degrees in a very short period? You should never leave children or pets unattended in a hot vehicle and always set a reminder to look before you lock up, one idea is to place your phone or purse in the back seat. According to State Farm, when driving in the summertime you should:
- Always use the proper safety restraints for all occupants.
- Stop every few hours to let all occupants stretch their legs.
- If you become drowsy you should pull over to a safe location to rest until you feel able to continue the drive.
- If you’re traveling with kids, pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts, and granola.
With these tips you can safely prepare to hit the road this summer. And as always, buckle up and drive safe!