Tips to protect your car and yourself in hot weather conditions
Driving in hot weather can be challenging. Whether you are going on an extended vacation or just for a day drive, here are a few simple suggestions from GEICO that can help prepare you and your car for hot weather driving.
Prepare your vehicle for hot weather driving:
- To prevent your vehicle from overheating, make sure your radiator is working properly and is filled with fluid - check fluid levels frequently.
- Ensure that your tires are properly inflated.
- Don't forget your passengers - make sure your air conditioner is in good working order before you set out.
- If you are traveling a long distance, plan your trip for early in the morning or late in the evening. The weather is a bit cooler and will make it easier on your car's engine.
- Never leave children or pets unattended for any length of time in a car. A closed car can heat up to well over one hundred degrees in a very short period.
- As always, it's important to always wear your seat belt, drive the speed limit, and be alert.
Prepare yourself and your family for hot weather conditions:
- Wear clothing appropriate for the heat by using light colored and natural fiber fabrics. If you will be exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time, be sure to cover-up or to wear sunscreen.
- Keep a cooler with chilled drinks on hand to ensure everyone remains hydrated. Water and tea are better options than sugary or heavy drinks.
- Use window shades to protect small children in the back seat. Children are particularly sensitive to temperature extremes so take additional precautions to protect them. If you stop for any reason, never leave any child unattended in a vehicle, even if only for a few moments.
Be sure to check out this informative and useful article from our Summer 2008 issue of the GEICO Connection on protecting your children from dangerous summer hazards that often get overlooked.