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How to avoid a car ‘meltdown’ in the sizzling summer heat

As Australia prepares for a heatwave that will send temperatures soaring past 40 degrees in parts of NSW and QLD; most people are in air-conditioned offices or making a splash at a local beach or pool. For anyone who needs to travel by car, roadside assistance provider, gotU, warns that extreme temperatures can cause damage to motor vehicles if the necessary precautions are not taken.

Simon Wilson, gotU Head of Innovation, says, “During the sizzling heat, remember not to leave water bottles, glasses and flammable items in direct sunlight – even phones can be damaged when left in a boiling hot car. Cars may also experience issues such as low fluid levels, tyre damage and overheating, which can result in a vehicle breakdown.”

To avoid getting stuck on the side of the road in the scorching heat, gotU reminds drivers to be aware of the following:

Tyres

  • Extreme weather patterns can affect tyre performance, possibly causing damage to the tread on the tyres -especially if they aren’t properly inflated.
  • Gas expands with heat and hot days will cause the air inside tyres to expand and change the tyre-pressure.
  • Check your tyre pressures with a gauge first thing in the morning, when it’s cooler, to ensure it’s at an optimal pressure.

Battery

  • During extreme heat, battery fluid can evaporate. To avoid fluid evaporation; where possible, check the car battery acid level on a regular basis during hotter periods.
  • If the car won’t restart, a gotU service provider can help jumpstart the vehicle – ensure you have downloaded the gotU app.

Engine

  • gotU recommends maintaining water and coolant levels during a heatwave as car fluids are more likely to dry up.
  • Low coolant levels in high heat can damage the engine – and there is nothing worse than being broken down in 40-degree heat!
  • Keep an eye on the vehicle’s temperature gauge and ensure that all fluid levels are topped up regularly.

For those braving the heatwave and hopping onto the road, be wary of the impact heat can have on a vehicle. Make sure all car maintenance is up to date and be prepared by downloading roadside assistance app, gotU in case a problem occurs.

The gotU app is available from the App Store and Google Play. Further information can be found at www.gotU.com.au.

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