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A quick auto check eases driving worries!!
Summer driving can be harsh and
exhausting for you and your vehicle.
Before you pull out of the driveway or
parking, take time to check your vehicle to
make sure it is ready to take the heat.
A regular check can help you enjoy
a summer of trouble-free driving.
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What are the consequences in
• Engine can overheat and breakdown.
• Improper air conditioning could lead to heat illness.
Possibility of exhaustion, dizziness and heat stroke. It can also
cause the compressor to fail and the belt to break.
• Constant use of air conditioning places a lot of strain on the
engine and increases the operating temperature.The
vehicle can overheat this way.
• Tyres with insufficient air, build up heat which can either blow
out or catch fire, and lead to tread
• Excessive heat can affect vehicle
transmission and fluids.
• Batteries deteriorate faster during
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Here are some summer driving tips:
• Check your vehicle and ensure that it is
mechanically ready to handle the road and heat.
• Inspect the radiator for leaks and check
the fluid. Don’t touch the radiator when the
engine is hot. Also check your belts, hoses, cooling
fan and water pump.
• Look for any cracks, splits or leaks in belts and hoses which
signal trouble ahead. Also make sure that all
connections are tight.
• Check coolant and thermostat. If the thermostat
does not operate at the proper temperature, it
will lead to overheating of the engine.
• Make sure to stay on top of your oil change,
since a hot engine needs all the lubrication it can get. It also
helps keep the engine cool.
• Before driving, check and see if your battery is in good
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Summer driving tips continued…
• Examine tyres for uneven tread and make sure that all
tyres are inflated properly. Check it on a regular basis
especially during long road trips. Always carry a spare.
• Go slow to prevent overheating. High speeds create
heat in tyres and the engine. In the desert conditions
the heat may build up to a point where it is dangerous,
increasing chances of tyre failure or fire, and
engine failure.
• Check your air conditioning system. A failing AC system
not only affects the cooling breeze in your vehicle
but causes major damage to the vehicle engine.
• Watch the temperature gauge. If the temperature is running
hotter than it usually does, take precaution and slow down.
If the engine is overheating and near the
YOUR ENGINE OFF! Do not attempt to
open the radiator until cooled
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Here are some suggestions to consider before
1- If you are not comfortable performing a vehicle
inspection, it is better to take it to a a qualified
and experience auto mechanic for a complete
2- Dress in light clothing to beat the heat.
3- Carry a bottle of water and drink it often.
4- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
against ultraviolet radiation.
5- Wear sunscreen to avoid a sunburn.
6- You should consider carrying a first aid
kit and jumper cables in case your
battery fails.
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