Tips for Driving in Summer Months

Summer is a great time for a road trip but driving in the summer heat can be draining. If your vehicle breaks down or you’re involved in a car accident, the heat can be downright brutal. In this article, we’re covering tips for driving safely throughout the summer months.

Staying Cool

When the temperature increases, your vehicle’s air conditioning system has to work harder to keep the vehicle cool. And with the current price of gas, you might be looking to conserve your fuel economy.

Driving outside of the hottest times of day can help you save money and prevent a breakdown or accident when the temperature is most dangerous. This is especially important to consider if you’re traveling with older individuals, kids, and/or pets who might get dehydrated quickly if the vehicle breaks down.

Before you get on the road this summer, check your air conditioner’s performance or have it serviced to make sure everything is running smoothly.

It’s also important to remember that vehicular heatstroke is a serious risk, particularly in the summer months. It can occur in just a few minutes, as vehicles heat up quickly even if the outdoor temperature isn’t excessively high. Children’s body temperatures rise three to five times faster than an adult, so it’s very important to never leave your child unattended in a parked vehicle. Always check the backseat and lock your vehicle doors to prevent children from climbing into an unattended vehicle.

Summer Automobile Maintenance

Hot summer days can really take a toll on your vehicle. Check all belts and hoses for signs of blisters, cracks, cuts, or bulges. If you spot any of these signs of wear, get them replaced.

Inspect your tires to make sure they’re filled to the correct pressure, and don’t forget to check the spare as well! Check them out at least once a month and before any long road trips. Examine the tread, looking for signs of uneven wear or insufficient tread. If you see uneven wear, it’s time to get your tires rotated/wheels aligned.

Make sure the vehicle has enough coolant. Check the oil, brake, power steering, automatic transmission or clutch, and windshield washer fluid levels. If you notice any signs of a leak, get your vehicle serviced.

Check your headlights, turn signals, flashers, brake lights, and interior lights to ensure they are working properly. Replace your windshield wiper blades if needed; they often get a lot of wear during winter months and can be especially vulnerable to summer heat. Make sure your emergency roadside kit is stocked with everything you might need if your vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.