4 Tips for Extreme Weather

  • By Morgan Gertler
  • 04 Oct, 2017
Extreme weather is a fact of life, and now is the time to get prepared. While regular car maintenance is always essential, different weather events make certain problems more likely to occur. Here are 4 tips for handling whatever extreme weather might come your way.
Extreme weather is a fact of life, and now is the time to get prepared. While regular car maintenance is always essential, different weather events make certain problems more likely to occur. Here are 4 tips for handling whatever extreme weather might come your way.

Extreme Heat: Battery Check!

Think about how your body reacts to a hot, steamy day. You tend to feel dehydrated and need to increase your intake of fluids, right? Well, your car battery also contains a lot of water, which can evaporate in extreme heat. If it is more than two years old, it’s at an increased risk for drying out, and if it’s more three years old, there’s a good chance that it could stop working altogether. If hot weather is predicted for your area, have your battery tested as soon as possible.

Bitter Cold: Tire Pressure Alert!

Cold weather can cause all kinds of issues, but the most likely problem with your car is low tire pressure. Tire pressure goes down by 1 or 2 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees F that the air temperature drops. Tires gradually lose pressure over time even when the temperature is stable, so if you’re not regularly checking your tire pressure, it may already be running slightly low. The sudden loss of tire pressure associated with a cold front, then, can be enough to take your tires dangerously low. This can ruin your gas mileage, cause premature tread wear and, most importantly, cause your tires to lose grip on the road. Check your tire pressure regularly at all times, and pay particularly close attention during cold snaps.

Heavy Rain: Exterior Concerns!

Standing water can wreak havoc on your car’s finish, encouraging rust and magnifying the sun’s damaging rays. When rain is predicted, make sure your car is clean and sealed with a good wax or liquid finish. Pay particular attention to the flat areas where water can pool, such as the hood, trunk, and roof. After a heavy rainstorm, take an old towel and wipe down the exterior. This will not only keep your car looking its best, but will also help to preserve its body and frame.

High Winds: Safety First!

Depending on where they grow up, most people learn early in their driving careers how to safely navigate heavy rain, snow, or ice. However, high winds can be equally dangerous, yet many people never learn proper driving procedures for wind events.
Even a moderate wind can be enough to make you feel like your car is being pushed sideways, and it is important to start reacting properly before the winds get even stronger. Put both hands on the wheel and gently ease off the accelerator. Allow extra stopping distance. Think twice before passing a tractor-trailer, RV, van, truck, or other high-profile vehicle, as these are at a much greater risk of losing control. Keep an eye out for objects that may be blown into your path. If possible, park your vehicle and go inside a strong building until the winds pass. Otherwise, pull over on the shoulder away from trees and other tall objects if you start to feel unsafe.
If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try Colchin Automotive instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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