Hampton Roads Hot Weather Driving – Five Top Tips
Virginia is in the grips of a heat wave with temperatures hitting potentially deadly levels in our area. High temperatures today will be in the mid-upper 90s. The heat index will be between 100 and 107. If you are in your car, you can quickly overheat if you get into trouble. Here are some Hampton Roads hot weather driving tips.
1 Monitor Your Fluid Levels
You should always regularly check your vehicle’s fluid levels but it’s especially important during periods of hot and cold weather. Here are some important checks.
- It’s vital to check this during hot weather. If your coolant/antifreeze level is too low, your car may overheat.
- Windshield wiper fluid
- Motor oil
- Transmission fluid
- Brake fluid
- Power steering fluid.
2 Make Sure You’re A/C System is Working
During the winter months, you may be less concerned about air conditioning. But you shouldn’t wait until temperatures are in triple digits to address a faulty air system.
Having the correct amount of coolant for your engine is vital, but on extremely hot summer days, you also need a cool interior. If you are overheating, you may not concentrate on the road and could be a danger to other drivers.
Make sure you have enough Freon for your car’s a/c to work. If your vehicle has an air filter, have it inspected and replaced if necessary.
3 Inspect Your Car’s Belts and Hoses
Intense heat can take a serious toll on our vehicles. It can cause blistering and cracking to hoses and rubber belts. You should get your mechanic to check these components are working properly, ideally before the summer heat hits.
4 Keep Water and an Emergency Kit in Your Car
You should always be prepared for the worst. If your car breaks down, you will quickly become dehydrated without water. A cooler will also help.
You should carry an emergency vehicle kit in your vehicle all year round. This may be particularly important in periods of intense hot and cold weather.
The kit should contain the following:
- Jumper cables
- Road flares
- A flashlight
- Nonperishable food items
- A first aid kit
- A blanket for winter driving
5 Maintain Tire Pressure
Many people fail to check their tires on a regular basis. Tires expand in intense heat so you should keep them at the recommended pressure. One good rule of thumb is to check your tires at a gas station once a week.
We hope these Hampton Roads hot weather driving tips will help you stay cool and safe.
On hot days like today, you should limit your periods outdoors. In Norfolk, the city has opened its libraries to people seeking a cool place and the City of Portsmouth has opened up cooling centers.
If you have been hurt in an accident due to the fault of another driver, please call our Virginia auto wreck attorneys at (757) 455-0077.