The month of July is the hottest in the year.It is not uncommon for cars to overheat due to the hot weather, along with other factors. Although it is rare among newer car models, well-tuned cars or trucks can still overheat in the hot weather.
If you find yourself stuck in traffic in a very hot day and your temperature indicator starts to rise, here’s what we at Bombay Driving School, a driving school in Irving, Texas, suggest you do:
- Pull Over to a Safe Location
Once you notice that your car is overheating, look for a safe location to pull over and turn off the engine. Continuing to run while overheated can badly damage the engine. You can have your car towed to save the engine from further damage.
- Don’t Open the Hood
Be careful not to open the car unless it has completely cooled or the temperature gauge has moved from hot to cold. This is a lesson taught by many instructors of adult driving lessons in Texas.
- Check the Coolant
Take a look at the coolant levels in your car’s radiator. If you are unsure where the coolant tank is, you can check your user’s manual. Taking a private driving lesson can help you be more familiar with your car and know where everything is.
- Make Sure that the Radiator Cap is Cool
Before you open it, you need to make sure that the radiator cap feels cool. Slowly twist it open and watch out for any hot steam that may come out. Fill out the radiator to the top with coolant if it is needed.
- Restart the Engine
After making sure that the upper or lower radiator hose is not damaged, you can restart your engine. Carefully monitor your temperature gauge while traveling.