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Car Safety Tips for Driving in Warmer Weather

When driving in hotter temperatures, your car may require extra care to ensure safety while on the roads. Failure to keep up with vehicle maintenance can lead to unwanted car accidents and possible injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 3,600 deaths occur yearly in July alone. Adequate preparation for driving in warmer weather is a great way to fight the statistics and enjoy a safe and fun summer. Below are a few things you can do personally to ensure your summertime driving is as safe as possible:

Frequently Check Your Battery

Extreme heat can often be a negative factor for your battery. The constant heat and vibration can result in your vehicle's battery breaking down internally, eventually leading to failure.

Maintain Engine Fluids

This is essential to keeping your car running smoothly. Engine fluids ensure engine parts are lubricated and aren't overheating, especially in high temperatures. During the summer months, frequently check:

  • Transmission fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid

Before filling or replacing any of these, be sure to check your vehicle's owner manual to make sure you are using the correct type of replacement fluid.

Cooling Systems

Extreme heat conditions can put extra pressure on your vehicle's cooling and air conditioning system. Failure to maintain your cooling system in your car can result in your engine overheating, long-term damages, and breakdowns – which can all be very pricey. Checking your owner's manual can give you information on recommended intervals for your car to be serviced promptly.

Maintaining your vehicle's air conditioning system is also very important in summer. Contact certified technicians who can conduct necessary repairs to prevent drivers or passengers from heat stroke or dehydration caused by driving/riding in a car with no air in hot weather.

Tire Pressure

High temperatures can tamper with your vehicle's tire pressure, leading to tire blowouts. Even new, strong tires can experience a blowout in hot summer weather. Frequently check the pressure in your tires, and avoid potholes or other hazardous road conditions that could cause your tires to pop. because of inadequate pressure.

Contact an Attorney

Here at Berelc Law Firm, we understand the frustration that comes with car accidents in the summertime. Contact our office immediately if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident. Our attorneys are dedicated to reviewing your case and presenting you with the best options possible.

Call us today at (706) 914-1915 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation.