With hot and humid conditions of summer weather, it’s important you’re aware of car safety. It’s common to be concerned about your comfort level, but you also need to be aware of how the heat affects your vehicle. Here are some suggestions to keep you and your car cool this summer:
- –Pay attention to the temperature of your air conditioner. If it’s not as cool as it once was, there may be an issue with the refrigerant level, or worse.
- –Make sure your battery is securely in place so that heat and vibration don’t lead to a failure. If your car’s battery is more than 3 years old, have a technician take a look.
- –Ensure all of your car’s fluids are topped regularly to keep your engine lubricated. Coolants will also carry heat away from the motor.
When it’s extremely hot, there are several things you can do to keep the heat down inside your car.
- –Park in the shade to avoid direct sunlight.
- –Purchase a sunshade to keep your dash and steering wheel cool.
- –Get your windows tinted to avoid sun damage to your interior.
- –Don’t leave electronics or pressurized items (ie., hairspray, soda cans) in your car that could be damaged by the heat.
Most importantly, be sure you’re taking safety measures. Remember that when parked, your car becomes like an oven and temperatures can reach up to 150 degrees within an hour. This high heat is dangerous and can even be fatal.
Because of these high temperatures, be sure that you never leave a child or pet in the car. Even if you think it’s just for a short period of time, this is very dangerous and even if its not fatal, this could cause irreversible brain damage. We also suggest always locking your car so that small children don’t climb into play and suffer from the heat.
Summer heat in your car can also lead to burns, so be careful when reaching for the seat belt buckle or when buckling a car seat.