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Maintaining your car in the heat

Maintaining your car in the heat

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Without proper care, heat can negatively affect our bodies, but so do our cars.

“The heat can be more dangerous for that battery than the cold. When we see batteries drain a lot, it’s the heat that really challenges and eventually kills them,” said Morgan Dean, a spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Batteries aren’t the only part of the car that the heat can damage.

Tires on hot surfaces can cause them to under-inflate, creating more car problems and potential road hazards.

“That can lead to eruptions,” Dean said. “Blowouts are very dangerous when you are driving and trying to control a vehicle after something like this has happened.”

If your car starts to overheat, AAA says it’s best to stop as soon as possible before doing more damage.

“If you notice that your car is overheating, it’s a good point to drive to a safe place, pull the hood of the vehicle up, turn the vehicle off, let it cool down, it could take up to 45 minutes, said Dan.

AAA said that because people have not driven as much in the past two years due to the COVID pandemic, along with new electronics now placed in cars, battery life is not as long as it used to be.

Keep in mind the damage that heat can cause to batteries, and that 3-5 year warranty now lasts just three years, according to AAA.

“All the electronics on board, the security systems, everything else in there that is a much bigger load on a battery than vehicles, even a few years ago,” Dean said.

AAA said they have a safety kit in your car in case something happens. Dean said it is important that this kit is different from your winter kit.

They recommend having plenty of water and snacks in case you get stuck on the side of the road while your car cools down or you wait for help.

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