Summer's warmth beckons with road trips, beach days, and windows-down adventures. But amidst the sunshine lurks a silent threat. The brutal heat can wreak havoc on your car, leaving you stranded and frustrated. 

Extreme heat can have several impacts on your car. Here are some common issues to be aware of.

Heat's Devastating Impact

  • Overheating: High temperatures can cause your engine to overheat, leading to potential damage. Make sure your cooling system is well-maintained and check coolant levels regularly.
     

  • Battery Problems: Heat interferes with the chemical process inside the battery, making it harder for it to hold a charge and produce power. Routine battery inspections are crucial, especially before long road trips.
     

  • Tire Issues: Hot pavement can increase tire pressure, affecting handling and safety. Regularly check tire pressure and tread depth.
     

  • Fluid Evaporation: Heat can cause fluids (like oil, transmission fluid, and coolant) to evaporate faster. Regularly inspect and top off these fluids.
     

  • Fuel System Problems: Vapor lock, where fuel turns into vapor before reaching the engine, can occur in extreme heat. Keep your fuel tank at least half full to prevent this.
     

  • Interior Damage: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to interior damage, affecting upholstery, dashboard, and electronics. Use sunshades and park in the shade when possible. 

Here are some essential car safety tips to keep in mind during hot weather.

Protecting Your Car

  • Never Leave Children or Pets in a Hot Car: Heatstroke in vehicles can be deadly, especially for children. Even if it’s just for a minute, avoid leaving them unattended in a parked car.
     

  • Check Your Air Conditioning: As temperatures rise, your car’s air conditioning system works harder. Before traveling, ensure that your A/C is functioning properly. Don’t forget to inspect the cabin air filter as well.
     

  • Inspect Belts and Hoses: High summer temperatures accelerate the degradation of rubber belts and hoses. Look under the hood for signs of bulges, blisters, cracks, or cuts. Replace them if needed.
     

  • Check Tire Pressure: Ensure that each tire is filled to the recommended inflation pressure. Cold tires provide the most accurate reading. Remember not to inflate them to the maximum pressure listed on the tire itself.
     

  • Stay Hydrated and Avoid Busy Highways: Pack plenty of water and snacks for your journey. Avoid congested roads where you might get stuck in traffic during extreme heat.
     

  • Park in the Shade: Whenever possible, park in shaded areas to minimize direct sunlight exposure. This can significantly reduce the battery's internal temperature.


Remember, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring a safe and comfortable summer drive! Don't let the silent threat of heat steal your summer joy. Take charge and protect your battery. Contact AAA Hoosier Motor Club  Mobile Battery Service today for a FREE battery test. Their expert technicians will quickly assess your battery's health and provide valuable insights into its condition. With this knowledge, you can confidently embark on your summer adventures, knowing your car is ready to handle the heat!

Visit AAA.com/Battery. Don't wait until it's too late – take control and ensure a worry-free summer season.

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