My Car Quest

August 10, 2020

How To Improve Vehicle Safety For Your Next Summer Road Trip

A report by NHTSA shows that there are 29% more car accidents during summer than the winter season, according to Carsurance. Summertime is ideal for traveling by car on long-distance trips. However, the rising temperatures can take a toll on you and your vehicle. When you drive under extreme heat, you push the car to its limits. Your vehicle could break down in the middle of the road or even lose control and cause an accident.

To enhance your driving experience, you need to make sure your ride is in good shape like you do when getting your car ready for winter. Here are some tips on how to improve vehicle safety for the next summer road trip.

Maintain A Comfortable Interior

Excessive heat during the hot summer months can cause dehydration and driver fatigue or drowsiness. When a driver is dehydrated or tired, they have reduced reaction time and attention span. Drowsy drivers, according to experts, are more likely to cause a car accident. So, take the time to check the air circulating inside the car. Make sure the air is cool enough to enhance comfort and reduce fatigue.

Start by inspecting the vehicle’s air conditioning system to make sure the air is cooling as required. If it’s not, there is a likelihood the refrigerant level is low, or the cabin air filters are dirty. While you may replace the air filters yourself, it pays to consult a professional. A technician will recommend the best air filters and perform thorough AC inspection and repairs.

Prepare the Battery for Hot Temperatures

Extreme temperatures can strain a battery, resulting in internal breakdown and failure. However, there are several ways you can enhance battery performance. First, ensure the battery is mounted securely to reduce vibration. Then, check the terminals and connections to ensure they are free from corrosion caused by battery fluid evaporation. Also, have your battery tested by a trained mechanic, especially if it’s over three years old. A professional will determine how long your battery will last and recommend the best practices to avoid overheating.

Extreme heat can cause automobile equipment failure and tire blowouts, which often lead to road accidents. Therefore, before you hit the road during the warm, summer months, make sure to give your vehicle a thorough inspection, including the battery, air conditioning systems, tires, and radiator. Also, change your engine oil after every 3,000 miles to prevent breakdowns experienced when moving parts overheat.

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How To Improve Vehicle Safety For Your Next Summer Road Trip
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How To Improve Vehicle Safety For Your Next Summer Road Trip
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To enhance your driving experience, you need to make sure your ride is in good shape like you do when getting your car ready for winter.

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  1. Jonah Christensen says

    These tips might come in handy when the pandemic finally dies down. I’ll be going on a long roadtrip.

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