With Hampton Road temperatures back in the 90's again, and our drivers still need to follow summer driving safety.
Checkered Flag Service Centers and AAA of Tidewater would like to remind drivers to travel safely this end-of-summer.
AAA warns motorists high heat can be an engine killer
-High heat can cause auto parts to fail and leave motorists stranded
-High heat can be as hard, if not harder on cars and engines than cold weather, producing
more requests for road service during hot months than cold ones
Common heat related vehicle issues:
- #1 Service Call: Dead batteries
-Overheating and failure of any rubber components (especially belts, hoses and tires).
-Keep an eye on your vehicle's temperature gauge. If the gauge starts to reaches the "hot"
mark, turn the air conditioning off, roll down the windows and run the heater at full blast until
the gauge returns to the "cool" end. If your gauge reaches the "hot" mark, pull over, and turn
off your vehicle until it cools down completely.
-Make sure you have a strong battery by having your battery tested.
- Check your oil to make sure its level is at the "full" mark. Oil serves a both a lubricant and as a
coolant for your vehicle's engine.
-Check your vehicle's coolant levels before leaving home. When adding coolant to your
vehicle's radiator, supply a 50-50 mix of water and anti-freeze.
-Make sure your tires are in good condition and check all FIVE tires (many will forget to
make sure they have a working spare). Hot pavement can test tires that are under-inflated
or on the edge of wearing thin.
Always have a back-up plan. Equip your vehicle with an emergency roadside kit containing
the following items:
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-Warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles
-First aid kit
-Fully charged cell phone
AAA Advises motorists what to do when your air conditioning takes a vacation
-If you have noticed a decrease in your car's cooling capacity, have it checked right away by an auto care technician.
-Possible causes could be loose seals, worn belt, O-ring, hoses or leaks in the A/C system. Even worse it could be low or no refrigerant or perhaps a worn condenser or compressor.
-Drivers that need their a/c system repaired or replaced could end up paying anywhere from $250 to $4000
-Replace your cabin filter every year or 15,000 miles. A dirty filter could restrict airflow, force the A/C to work harder.
-Temperatures in a car can escalate more than 25 degrees in 15 minutes or less
-Maintaining a comfortable driving environment also reduces fatigue which can play an important part in driver alertness and motorist safety
Many of the maintenance tasks to prepare a car for summer heat are relatively simple. These tasks can be performed by the average driver, some are best left to a trained automotive technician.
So, before you hit the road this summer, stop by our Checkered Flag Norfolk and Virginia Beach service centers and let our experts check your vehicle over. Call (757)490-1111 to schedule a service appointment today.