Very hot weather can be dangerous to drive in if you aren’t checking your vehicle before hitting the road and taking the proper precautions while driving. Take a look at these five tips to keep you and your truck safe this summer.
Let The Tires Cool Off
Make sure to check the tire pressure and mounting before you begin your trip and about every two hours (or 100 miles) it’s important to make sure your tires are inflated. Properly inflated tires reduce the risk of tire blowouts which are more common in hot weather. Also, air pressure increases with temperature. Don’t let air out when the tire is hot because as the tire cools, the air pressure will be too low. Instead, take a break to let the tires cool off every few hours. This is important because if the tires get too hot they may blow out our catch fire. Use water to cool off hot tires.
Check Fluids Before You Start
Engine oil helps keep the engine cool and functioning properly. Before you start on your trek, check the engine oil to make sure it is at the proper level.
The engine cooling system is essential, especially in scorching hot weather. Before starting a trip, check to make sure the system has enough water and antifreeze. When driving, check the water temperature and coolant every so often to make sure it isn’t overheating. If the coolant is too hot it can lead to engine failure and possibly a fire. It’s important to never remove the radiator cap or any part of the pressurized system before it is cooled. The pressurized hot liquid could spray out causing severe injuries.
Inspect Belts And Hoses
Make sure to look for loose belts under the hood before beginning your journey. Loose belts don’t work as well and can result in overheating. Also, check to make sure the belts aren’t cracked or about to break before heading on your trip. It’s also important to make sure the hoses don’t have any cracks in them. A broken hose could lead to engine failure.
Watch The Road Conditions
Although the roads in hot weather aren’t as dangerous as in freezing cold weather, there are still risks. Hot weather can cause the tar in the pavement to “melt” and rise to the surface. The tar bleeding out from the cracks in the road can make it slippery. Use caution when driving on a burning hot day.
Watch Your Speed
High speeds make your truck more vulnerable to overheating and puts more stress on the tires and engines. High heat mixed with fast speed can lead to tire and engine failure. To prevent overheating, drive slow and take frequent breaks to let the system and tires cool off.
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