How to Survive While Driving in Exhausting Heat

Long and hot summer days are a perfect time for adventures, and your car is definitely in want of a cool drive. You’ve bought new summer tyres, planned your itinerary in details, and packed your belonging…but you still aren’t ready enough to hit the road.

Travelling by car in a trying heat requires much more precautions than a regular drive around the block and this is what you should take into account in order to prevent the heat from ruining your vacation.

Heat provokes dangerous situations on the road

The human body was ‘designed’ to operate at the temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, and it doesn’t like any changes in this status quo. The heat ruins this delicate balance, causing the human body to lose fluid which results in dizziness, fatigue, palpitations, numbness of limbs, and confusion. Your driving skills get compromised as your brain loses its ability to concentrate on the road. If you know that your travel is going to fall on the extreme heat or your route lies through a hot area, ensure you take necessary precautions.

Check your tyres

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Not only must your tyres be of a good quality and in decent condition in order to withstand the trying heat, but also they must be correctly inflated. Under-inflation (which actually happens oftener than you think) of at least one tyre in a set dramatically increases the odds of getting a blowout. It happens because an under-inflated tyre easily overheats due to its flabbiness and, as a result, a wider stripe of contact with the road. The dangerous situation can be easily avoided by regularly checking the pressure in all 4 tyres using a pressure gauge and keeping them inflated to the index prescribed by the car manufacturer.

Keep your engine cool

This requires not only making regular stops during the ride to let your engine cool in full, but also a proper maintenance of the cooling system (involve a proficient mechanic if you cannot do it on your own). Make sure that the engine coolant is replaced in time (usually, it must be done every 2 to 6 years) and it contains a correct ratio of water and the coolant.

Test your battery

Heat is your battery’s bitter enemy, causing its fluids to evaporate and connections to corrode. So if your battery isn’t new (3 years and older), have a mechanic test it. If you drive an electric car, know that at hot temperatures, you need to reduce the mileage per charge by at least 40%. So make sure you adjust your route to shorten distances between recharges.

Check car liquids, belts, and hoses

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The extreme heat wears out belts and hoses and consumes fluids faster. Before making a big ride in a hot weather, replace all blistering, worn, or cracked parts and ensure your car fluids (motor oil, transmission, brake, power-steering and windshield fluids) are fresh and at a proper level.

Pack the emergency kit

Except for jumper cables, non-perishable heat-proof food, flashlight, and the first-aid kit, your emergency kits must contain lots of water (at least 70 fl oz per passenger per day of travel).

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