Hot Weather Hazards

Safety on March 15, 2016

You don’t have to drive too far down the freeway to see stranded drivers and cars broken down. Hot weather is wreaking havoc on cars this summer with extreme heat.

GarageFly expert mechanics say without a little planning your car could be the next driver stranded.   But, the key to keeping you rolling down the road amounts to a little preventative maintenance.

Take a look at these common problems and what you can do to address them:

  • Overheating: Check your coolant levels often in the summer. Low coolant opens high risk for overheating. In the summer the levels should be topped off. Easy way to check is to stick your finger in and see if you can feel the fluid.
  • Battery: 100 degree days hit a battery square between the eyes. The intense heat coupled with the hot engine saps the charge in a battery and often leaves drivers stranded. Most of our GarageFly mechanics will check your battery for free and let you know if you’re at risk. Just ask for a battery load test. On newer cars mechanics say be aware: the battery can easily stop working from one minute to the next.
  • Tires: Rolling down the road on worn tires is a game of roulette in extreme heat. Worn tread, cracks and old tires can leave you with a blow outs or flat tire. GarageFly mechanics say rotating your tires regularly can balance the wear and tear on the tires and help you avoid one tire that can create a driving danger in the heat.

The easiest way to keep an eye on these hot weather hazards for your car is to get it checked routinely. An oil check every 3,000 miles will allow your GarageFly mechanic to alert you to potential problems.

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