Extreme heat: Here’s 5 ways to avoid car troubles

AAA offers tips to deal with high temperatures

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Here in Florida, we know it’s hot. But temperatures are up across the U.S. as a dangerous heat wave hits the Midwest and South.

Heat index values — which take into account the temperature and relative humidity and indicate how hot it feels outdoors — approached and topped 105 degrees in some locations, including Chicago, the National Weather Service said. A heat advisory also was issued, stretching from as far north as Wisconsin down to the Florida Panhandle on the Gulf coast.

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One of the things that can be impacted during extreme weather is your car.

AAA said the two most common issues drivers deal with due to extreme heat are dead batteries and blown tires. The auto group said while there are AAA-approved facilities drivers could visit to get their vehicles checked, there are also five tips to follow to help avoid car troubles.

  • Get battery tested - AAA said extreme weather, hot or cold, can bring a battery closer to needing to be replaced. Drivers should check their batteries and replace if needed.
  • Fill up tires - Make sure your tires are properly inflated because driving on under-inflated tires can cause overheating and increase the likelihood of a blowout. On top of the extreme heat, the road is also at a high temperature.
  • Check tire pressure once a month - Make sure your tires are inflated to manufacturer specifications and take a look at the tread for any wear and tear.
  • Check all fluids - AAA said the possibility of overheating increases if fluids are low. The group said drivers should check motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid.
  • Check your air conditioners - AAA said air conditioners should be checked by a technician if yours is not operating properly.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.