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How To Drive On Hot Summer Days

Driving on hot summer days without proper preparations may cause life-threatening situations.  Accidents happen way too often because drivers forgot to check fluids or tire pressure. Read our tips and be prepared. You surely do not want to end up making a claim and watch the premiums rise.   Be a smart driver, get prepared and find out how to save on car insurance by not committing foolish errors.

@ car-on-openAs summer approaches, it’s important to prepare for the hot weather ahead and properly maintain your car.  Start by monitoring your car’s fluids. Fluids that you should verify include:

  • Coolant: This is the big one. If your coolant/antifreeze level is too low, it can cause overheating.
  • Motor oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Power-steering fluid
  • Windshield wiper fluid

Make sure that you have the right tire pressure in all five tires.  There’s plenty of debate about what constitutes “correct” tire pressure, but we suggest going by what your vehicle manufacturer recommends, which should be listed on the side of the driver’s door, on the glove compartment door, or in the owner’s manual.

If your car has an old battery, extreme summer heat can be problematic. To avoid expensive repairs, it’s worth having your car’s battery tested, or even replaced–getting a new battery altogether will cost you less than it would to have a dead battery serviced if your car breaks down.

Visually check the hoses and belts related to the cooling system. Squeeze the hoses and look for small cracks in the rubber. Make sure the hoses are tight and check to see that the belts have the proper amount of tension. Again, you will need to read more about which is the right tension. And there are many other things to verify: fans, suspensions, belts, heater cores, water pumps and so on.

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