1939_original1-300x198Tips for hot weather driving

Be sure to follow Preventive Maintenance: Specifically, be sure that your air conditioning is working properly and that your radiator is filled with fluid to prevent from overheating. Also, ensure that your tires are properly inflated and that your battery is sufficiently charged.

Keep a close eye on your dashboard indicators and gauges. If your temperature gauge begins to move up, turn off your air conditioner and turn on the heater. This will help draw heat away from the engine. If the engine temperature light goes on or if the gauge enters the red zone, immediately pull off the road to a safe spot, well away from traffic. Driving with an extremely overheated engine can cause stalling and serious damage to the engine.

If possible, plan your trips (especially those covering great distances) for early morning or late evening. Cooler weather will make it easier on your vehicle’s engine and decrease the risk of overheating. If you have to drive during the hottest periods of the day, try to drive a little slower than normal. Traveling at high speeds generates more heat for your tires and engine, increasing the risk of a vehicle breakdown.