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Summer Driving Concerns and Auto Insurance

Summer is just around the corner and we could be in for an extremely hot summer in many parts of the US, including the Baltimore area. The increase in temperature could likely result in problems with vehicles, such as overheating on streets and highways.

Summer is just around the corner and we could be in for an extremely hot summer in many parts of the US. The increase in temperature could likely result in problems with vehicles, such as overheating on streets and highways.

 

You can expect to see a rush of air conditioning and coolant issues with the hot weather arriving, with people lined up to get their systems serviced. You will likely need to have your air conditioning inspected, and have the filter replaced to avoid any air flow problems, and it is very important that the cap and filters be maintained, particularly since you probably haven’t had a need to use it for several months now. It’s also important to make sure your auto insurance is updated with the coverages you need as you head out on the road.

 

Other issues and concerns related to hot weather driving

 

Hot weather can create lots of problems for motorists. For example, people tend to become drowsy on long drives, and glare can create serious vision issues, especially on residential areas, where pets and children may suddenly run out into the street. You may be temporarily blinded, losing your ability to see them, or a car backing out of a driveway. Auto insurance will come in handy should an unfortunate accident of this type occurs.

 

You should be concerned with your car’s tires as well.  Proper tire pressure in hot weather can make a difference between getting there and getting a flat, and it tends to make a car burn more fuel as well. Tires also tend to create heat when low on air, which will make them expand more. This will create more air pressure, which increases the chance that they will blow.

 

In addition, you need to watch the car’s temperature for any problems in the cooling system. Keep an eye on your temperature gage, and if you see a spike in your temperature you might have a thermostat issue or a possible coolant leak. And, of course, call your agent to make sure your auto insurance is updated in addition to keeping your car serviced so you can enjoy your summer driving experience.

 

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