HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV)-- AAA Advisory:
As a result of the sudden heat wave, AAA Mid-Atlantic is expecting to see a 30 percent rise in call volume with many of those calls relating to requests for battery assistance. AAA Mid-Atlantic Fleet Drivers are prepared for the increased call volume and are working diligently to service motorists stranded in the extreme heat.
AAA advises motorists to beat the heat by practicing preventative car maintenance before the heat takes its toll on your vehicle
Before hitting the road:
· Heat kills batteries. Make sure you have a strong battery that is up to the challenge by having your battery tested.
· Make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition before leaving home.
· Check all fluids including the coolant level.
· Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, you can be seriously scalded.
· Inspect your brakes, battery, shocks, filters and pump.
· Service the cooling system as recommended by the manufacturer. This is typically necessary every two to five years.
· Keep your tires at normal pressure. Soft tires generate heat, which can lead to a blowout.
· Install AAA’s free apps to plan your trip and members can request roadside assistance.
Once on the road:
· Keep an eye on your gas, oil and engine temperature gauges.
· Should the vehicle overheat, pull off the road, shut the engine off immediately and allow the vehicle to cool.
· Carry an emergency kit: mobile phone and charger; a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; extra snacks for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.
Not a do-it-yourselfer? Don’t sweat it. Area motorists can have their vehicle prepped for the challenges, toils and tribulations of summer driving through AAA's network of Approved Auto Repair shops, which meet and maintain stringent standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local shops or search online.