The blistering Texas summer sun is an icon known the world over. And it’s a risk to your car as well as to your own health. So here’s some tips on how to keep your car healthy and avoid a tow. Plus some important know how to recognize when you or someone you’re with is seriously suffering from the heat.
Your Car’s Health
Hot weather car problems aren’t just a matter of overheating and radiator issues. And it’s not necessarily while barreling down the highway. Low speeds put the greatest strain on some parts of your vehicle, as there’s less air flowing across the radiator and through the engine compartment. Heat waves can trigger three major problem areas.
- Battery You probably know that it can be hard to get an engine to start during cold weather, especially with a weak battery. But high temperatures affect the a battery’s chemical functioning too. It can also mean that electrolyte evaporates, and that can lead to internal damage. Hot weather also means more demand on the electrical system. So check the battery acid levels and voltage from time to time.
- Tire Damage Blowouts are more common in summer because higher temperatures mean higher pressure inside the tire. Especially when parked on hot asphalt. So check your tire pressure, ideally at least once a week. Don’t rely on just the dashboard indicator present on newer vehicles. They’re mainly for low pressure alerts.
- Cooling System No surprise here. Radiator boil overs are a leading summer show stopper. The risks are highest in warm weather when the engine is heavily loaded but the vehicle is moving slowly — such as when heading up a long steep grade or when towing. So make sure that coolant levels are topped off with proper fluids (radiator fluid has a much higher boiling point than plain water), and that the whole cooling system is properly maintained. Making sure oil levels are good and oil filters relatively new also reduces the chances of your engine overheating.
Higher temperatures put extra strain on many parts of your vehicle. Did you know that even flat tires and transmission trouble are more common during heat waves?
It’s a good idea to schedule your regular maintenance for late spring to early summer. Or even make a special trip to your mechanic just before a vacation road trip.
If you find yourself stuck outdoors during a high-temperature alert you need to pay extra attention to your own health and that of those around you.
Heat exhaustion is the result of high temperatures and dehydration. Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache, and pale skin. If there’s even a little concern, find a shady spot and gradually take in some fluids; plain water or sports drinks are the best.
Heat stroke (also called sun stroke) is the result of untreated heat exhaustion. It’s serious, and can even be fatal. Additional symptoms include a decrease in sweating despite the heat, muscle cramps, nausea, seizures, and unconsciousness. If any are present seek immediate medical attention!
In general, to help stay cool wear loose light fitting clothes, take rest breaks, and take frequent sips of non-alcoholic drinks – alcohol dehydrates you.
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