During this hot time of year, it’s not any surprise that there are people heading down to Tennessee from the north to enjoy time at lakes and rivers. You may be seeing a great influx of travelers, and you may also notice that it’s just a little more difficult to get to your destination.
Temperatures are soaring, which means that you need to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the drive. If you don’t have a vehicle in good condition, you could end up with a blown tire, overheated radiator or other issues leading to a breakdown, or worse, a crash.
Take steps to get your vehicle in better condition
There are a few steps you can take to make sure your vehicle is prepared for the summer. These include:
- Recharging the air conditioning.
- Checking all fluids.
- Making sure your windows roll up and down easily.
- Checking your tire pressure. If it is too high and temperatures rise, your tires could rupture. Let out a little air if it’s currently over the PSI limit.
Inside your vehicle, you should have:
- Water for longer trips, so you can stay hydrated.
- A first-aid kit for emergencies.
- Shades for windows if you have small children (this will prevent sunburns).
The weather isn’t just going to be hot, though. It may also result in storms and rapidly changing weather conditions.
Help yourself by making sure your radio can be quickly turned to the local weather station. Know your exits, and plan your route to be sure you can stop or pull over if it starts raining hard, you’re dealing with hail or a tornado is expected.
The heat may get extreme, but good preparation will get you to your destination
If you plan for extreme heat, tourist traffic and pop-up storms, you’ll be in a better position when you’re out driving. Take your time to plan a route that you know is safe and make sure you plan for hotter temperatures and the risk of a breakdown. If you do end up in a car crash, having supplies ready will help keep everyone comfortable until help arrives.