Summer is upon us, and with it comes the oppressive heat and humidity all citizens of Tyler, TX know so well. Driving in this season is a challenge. You feel like you’re driving around in a sauna, but your car is also facing down hazards that are more prevalent and more dangerous.
Before packing up for your summer road trip, EasTex Insurance has some tips to help you stay safe and protect your vehicle.
1. Stay Hydrated!
It’s easy to get dehydrated when you’re driving in the heat, and when you’re dehydrated, your ability to drive safely is compromised. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and slow reflexes.
Take plenty of water along with you on your trip. Make sure you have an emergency supply of drinking water in your vehicle. Every passenger should at least have one gallon of emergency drinking water.
2. Keep An Eye On Your Fluids!
The big one is coolant. Without enough coolant, your engine will overheat, leading to engine failure. This can leave you stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. For hours. With no A/C.
Before hitting the road, it’s good to check your other fluids, such as oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid.
3. Watch Your Temperature!
Ideally, your temperature gauge should remain at the centerline. If your temperature gauge is in the red, it’s time to pull over and stop the car. After waiting for 20 minutes, restart the vehicle.
If the temperature warning light is on, drive to the nearest service station and have the car checked. NEVER continue to drive when the temperature gauge is in the red.
EasTex Insurance in Tyler, TX is here for you no matter what the weather is like. If you need to discuss your auto insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.