Autumn is almost here but in Dallas, TX we all know that summertime temperatures last well into the year and can cause a slew of heat-related car problems. Whether it’s a broken belt, hose, a tire blow-out, or just a broken AC, it will take precious time to fix before you can be on the road again. Heavy hauling can be dangerous so it is important to understand how the heat will affect both the road and your vehicle. Here are some things to check on to make sure you don’t get stuck in the heat this fall.
Check Your Tires
You should check your tires every 100 miles during the summer and fall months. As the temperature starts to fluctuate more and more, the air pressure in the tires can become unstable. Another rule of thumb is that if the tires are too hot to touch, then you should let your rig rest for a while before getting back onto the road. Overheated tires can blow out and cost you not only the repairs but the wasted time as well.
Radiator Cap and Engine Coolant
Check the coolant levels in your engine as well as the radiator before setting out. Look for cracks or swelling in the hoses because if left unattended, they can rupture.
Belts and Hoses
Operating a truck or semi in hot weather also increases the risk of a cracked belt or a leaky hose. Make sure that the belts all have the correct tension levels. Look for cracks in the hoses and belts too, as a snapped belt or broken hose can lead to the engine overheating.
If you’re driving down the highway, you may notice some spots on the road look more reflective than others. If the road is tarred, the heat from the sun can melt it, creating a slick surface that can cause problems if you are turning or slowing down. The summer and fall also bring severe weather conditions and more travelers on the road which makes it even more important that your truck is in peak driving condition.
Stay Hydrated and Wear Sunscreen
It should go without saying that it is important to stay hydrated, especially during the warm months, but we’ll say it again. Stay hydrated! If the AC is broken then the temperature of the cab can become a health risk. If you’re going to be waiting in the cab for an extended period, consider pulling into a shady spot before you get some rest or turn off the AC.
Though it may seem like a hassle to check on your vehicle maintenance so regularly, being proactive can help prevent wasted time and a trip to the repair shop. However, if you find yourself in a tight spot, don’t hesitate to call Massey Towing and Truck Service in Dallas, TX. We specialize in heavy hauling and large truck auto repairs.