Summer and your car: Some components can’t stand the heat
July 24, 2015
There are a lot of ways to beat the heat on the road during the summer months. Vehicles are equipped with air conditioning, drop tops and windows to cool us down while we’re behind the wheel, but some components of our vehicles themselves can succumb to the temperatures if not properly checked. Topping coolant, changing your oil and making sure the tires are properly inflated is a great way to start the safety process. We’ve included 3 more components of your vehicle that can fall victim to the sun’s summer rays if not properly maintained.
Your Gas Tank
Because gas is a fluid, it can evaporate if it gets too hot- even in your gas tank. Although this is more of a financial concern rather than a safety one, gas prices are souring and you certainly don’t want to lose your dollars to the atmosphere. If you can make a conscience effort to park in the shade, your wallet will thank you. And your passengers will too if you have leather seats.
Similar to your gas, the acid within your battery can dissipate little by little in the sweltering heat. Heat is one of the number one links between your battery and a short life span. If your battery is more than two years old, get it tested and if it’s older than three, you may want to get it replaced. Parking in the shade is a great way to preserve your battery’s life. To be on the safe side, keep a set of jumper cables in your vehicle, or even better; a self-contained battery jump box so you don’t need to flag down a Good Samaritan.
As a rule, tires are built to withstand higher temperatures generated by the friction of the road, so you won’t wake up one morning with a melted tire surprise. However, your tires do face a risk on hot days. If your tires are not properly inflated, they have a higher risk of disastrous failure when temperatures turn extremely hot. Ensure that you check your tires’ pressure once a month- especially in the summer.
Your vehicle should be properly maintained all year round, yet summer months are more inspiring for hopping in the car and heading out on the open road. Keep safe by keeping your car up to date, and always be aware of your auto insurance policy in case of emergencies.