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What to Know about Driving in Extreme Heat

by Staff Blogger | June 15th, 2022

Nashville is in the middle of a heat wave with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Extreme heat can put everyone in danger, and it can even affect your daily commute and how to handle running errands around town.

Keep these tips in mind to stay safe during this heat wave and any other extremely hot day this summer:

  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated.

When the air temperature is around 100 degrees, the surface temperature of the asphalt can be significantly hotter. That level of heat can be extremely hard on your tires, especially if they are under or overinflated. Improperly inflated tires are prone to failure or blowouts in normal conditions, and extreme heat makes those situations even more likely to occur.

  • Avoid driving if your air conditioner doesn’t work.

Rolling down the window can help make driving or sitting in traffic more comfortable on hot days, but when temperatures are extremely high, only air conditioning can truly provide relief. If your vehicle’s AC doesn’t work, avoid driving if possible. Sitting in a hot car, especially when stationary, can put you and your passengers at risk of heat stroke.

  • Check fluid levels.

When temperatures hit extreme levels and stay there for several days, it can cause some of your vehicle’s essential fluids to evaporate. Check your vehicle’s oil, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield wiper fluid regularly to ensure their levels are at the manufacturer recommendations.

At Ponce Law, we hope everyone stays safe during this heat wave, and if you or someone you love gets injured in a crash that wasn’t your fault, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced Nashville car accident lawyers.

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