When you think about weather-related danger for your car, you picture snow, ice and sideways rain, right? But summer's heat poses risks to your car, too.
Here are three sun-smart ways to play it safe:
- Clear your trunk of flammable liquids (even aerosol cans) to avoid fire or explosion risks. To reduce the chance of food-borne illness, take groceries home immediately after shopping, rather than leaving them in a hot trunk as you run errands.
- Circulate your engine coolant when stuck in traffic. Periodically put your car in Park and gently step on the gas to circulate coolant. Keep your eye on gauges so you can get off the road at the first sign of overheating.
- Make sure your cellphone is charged and carry water in the car, even if you normally don't. Preparing for breakdowns or delays in extreme heat isn't much different than preparing for driving in snow.