From summer break to summer PTO — many families take advantage of the Oklahoma’s warmest season to wind down and relax. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a traumatic car accident. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can safeguard all of your vehicles from the effects of summer heat.
In 2016, about 11,000 crashes in the U.S. happened because of tire blowouts or failures. When your tire pressure is too low, your tires they are more likely to overheat and blowout. The added heat in the summertime can also increase the likelihood of your tires expanding and busting. Tire pressure checks are important in any season, so investing in a tire gauge or doing regular checks at the local gas station or auto shop can help you steer clear from the ditch.
A lot of issues can arise when oil or fluid levels are low or need replacing. One way to prevent your engine from overheating is to receive regular coolant or antifreeze servicing. If coolant sits in your car too long, then it can rust can build up and lead to an overheated engine. Getting a routine oil change and checking other fluid levels is also crucial as warmer weather can affect their deterioration rate.
Besides making sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid in your car, there are other ways to improve your visibility and prevent summer car accidents. Repairing broken windshield wipers is essential to making sure you have the ability to improve your view of the road without having to pull over.
And whether a surprise hail storm or debris from a construction site leaves you with a minor, but pesky windshield crack, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible. This is because if you ended up getting in an accident, that crack in your windshield can lead to a full-on shatter.
If you ever questioning any of your car’s functions, then your safest bet is to service your car immediately. Accidents happen without car maintenance failure, so regular upkeep can help you veer closer to safety.