While the ills of winter—snow, sleet, and cold—get the lion’s share of attention when discussing potentially perilous driving conditions, summer presents its own set of driving difficulties of which drivers need to be just as aware. After all, summer is the time for the vacation drives to the beach. The heat and the length of the drive are extremely hard on your vehicle. The rigor of added traffic only exacerbates those issues.
That is why Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance recommends a full check-up for your vehicle as part of your vacation planning. Among the areas to address:
- Check all fluid levels and look for any fluid leaks.
- Ensure your tires are properly inflated to the recommended air pressure, and check the wear on the tread for depth and alignment. This includes the spare tire.
- Check hoses and belts for any wear or odd noises. If you see anything unusual, make an appointment with a mechanic to get it checked out.
- Make sure all lights are working, especially the blinkers and hazards.
- Check all everyday driving systems, such as windshield wipers, to make sure they are in proper working order.
It goes without saying to never drink and drive. And remember, it is never safe to leave a child, an elderly or sick person, or a pet alone or unattended in a vehicle. Even on days that appear to be mild for the summer heat, a car with its windows rolled up functions like an oven and can impact at-risk people and animals in less than 20 minutes.