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Getting Prepared for Hot Weather Travel

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Hot Weather Travel PreparationWith spring just getting started and summer on the horizon, it is important for you to start considering how to protect your vehicle as well as yourself during hot weather conditions. The reality is that hot weather conditions can wreak havoc on your vehicle and can present their own set of challenges when it comes to staying safe on the road. By following these car and driver safety tips, however, you will keep your car in good condition while also making certain everyone in your vehicle stays safe and secure.

Getting Your Vehicle Prepared

One of the biggest problems vehicles face in hot weather conditions is overheating. To prevent this from occurring, make certain your radiator is functioning properly and that it is filled before you hit the road. If you are planning to travel over a long distance, you might also want to consider traveling during the early morning and late evening hours in order to reduce the amount of stress being placed on your vehicle.

Before you start your trip, you should also check all of your tires to make sure they are properly inflated. Remember that heat makes molecules spread apart, so your tire pressure may read a little higher than normal when the weather is hot. This is okay so long as they are not significantly overinflated. It is better to have your tires slightly overinflated than it is to have than underinflated during hot weather conditions.

Keeping You and Your Passengers Safe

In addition to making certain your car is in proper working order, you also need to take some steps to ensure the comfort and safety of you and your passengers. To do this, you should first check to make certain your air conditioning is working properly, as being cooped up in a vehicle without air conditioning can be quite uncomfortable and potentially dangerous when the temperatures are high. To that end, you should also never leave any passengers unattended in your vehicle, as cars can heat up to very high temperatures within a short period of time.

To further ensure the comfort of you and your passengers, you should also select clothing that is made with light-colored, natural-fiber fabrics and you may even want to consider wearing sunscreen to keep your skin protected from the sun’s rays. Placing window shades in the window is also a good idea if young passengers will be traveling with you and, of course, keep plenty of drinks on hand so everyone can stay properly hydrated.

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