From Wednesday there will be very high temperatures in much of Spain and will last at least five or six days
The arrival of
extraordinarily warm air from the African continent and the intense solar radiation typical of these dates, in the month of August, will leave us temperatures above 40 degrees in the coming days, according to forecasts by the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).
they can affect both the car and the drivers and passengers, and more taking into account that the increase in the number of trips to or from the summer areas is very likely. To prevent incidents and breakdowns due to excess heat, the following recommendations should be taken into account:
1. Check the engine temperature:
vehicle overheating is one of the biggest risks before a heat wave. To prevent this, it is useful to monitor the engine temperature. When it approaches the red alert zone, do not stop it suddenly. It is useful, however, to turn off the air conditioning and open the windows. This will make it easier for the motor to start to cool down, having fewer loads to withstand.
2. Check the cooling system and
check the operation of the air conditioner. Low coolant level and aging fluid can cause poor vehicle cooling. Likewise, for greater driver comfort it is essential to check the proper functioning of the air conditioning.
3. Check the oil level: a very low level is harmful at high temperatures and
makes the system ineffective, which can lead to added complications.
Roll down the windows when entering the vehicle to equalize the indoor and outdoor temperature before putting the air conditioning system on. This practice avoids overloads of use and lengthens the life of the air conditioning elements.
5. Check the status and
brake fluid level: With high temperatures, the brakes lose efficiency so it is vital to check their conditions if the vehicle is going to be used in extreme heat conditions.
6. Do not leave the car running at idle
with air conditioning or climate control in use while waiting or resting as it may discharge the battery.
7. Avoid driving in hours of maximum heat. In addition to the engine, this could lead to overheating of the tires. Similarly, checking their status and pressure and fine-tuning them is useful to avoid incidents.
With high temperatures, they are more prone to punctures and blowouts.
8. Never leave elderly people, minors or animals inside, even with the windows open.
9. Maintain proper hydration, drinking constantly and abundantly water and other liquids,
like fruit juices. Bring enough water if you are traveling with children or the elderly. Avoid alcohol and beverages with caffeine and high sugar levels.
10. Park in shady areas and
protect the interior of the vehicle with a parasol. The direct incidence of the sun on the interior can cause damage and deformities.