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Hampton Roads Hot Weather Driving – Five Top Tips

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Hampton Roads Hot Weather Driving – Five Top Tips

Virginia is in the grips of a heat wave with temperatures hitting potentially deadly levels in our area. High temperatures today will be in the mid-upper 90s.  The heat index will be between 100 and 107. If you are in your car, you can quickly overheat if you get into trouble. Here are some Hampton Roads hot weather driving tips.

Hampton Roads hot weather driving tips

Cars bake in the Norfolk heatwave

1 Monitor Your Fluid Levels

You should always regularly check your vehicle’s fluid levels but it’s especially important during periods of hot and cold weather.  Here are some important checks.

  • It’s vital to check this during hot weather. If your coolant/antifreeze level is too low, your car may overheat.
  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Motor oil
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid.

2 Make Sure You’re A/C System is Working

During the winter months, you may be less concerned about air conditioning. But you shouldn’t wait until temperatures are in triple digits to address a faulty air system.

Having the correct amount of coolant for your engine is vital, but on extremely hot summer days, you also need a cool interior. If you are overheating, you may not concentrate on the road and could be a danger to other drivers.

Make sure you have enough Freon for your car’s a/c to work. If your vehicle has an air filter, have it inspected and replaced if necessary.

3 Inspect Your Car’s Belts and Hoses

Intense heat can take a serious toll on our vehicles. It can cause blistering and cracking to hoses and rubber belts. You should get your mechanic to check these components are working properly, ideally before the summer heat hits.

4 Keep Water and an Emergency Kit in Your Car

You should always be prepared for the worst. If your car breaks down, you will quickly become dehydrated without water. A cooler will also help.

You should carry an emergency vehicle kit in your vehicle all year round. This may be particularly important in periods of intense hot and cold weather.

The kit should contain the following:

  • Jumper cables
  • Road flares
  • A flashlight
  • Water
  • Nonperishable food items
  • A first aid kit
  • A blanket for winter driving

5 Maintain Tire Pressure

Many people fail to check their tires on a regular basis. Tires expand in intense heat so you should keep them at the recommended pressure. One good rule of thumb is to check your tires at a gas station once a week.

We hope these Hampton Roads hot weather driving tips will help you stay cool and safe.

On hot days like today, you should limit your periods outdoors. In Norfolk, the city has opened its libraries to people seeking a cool place and the City of Portsmouth has opened up cooling centers.

If you have been hurt in an accident due to the fault of another driver, please call our Virginia auto wreck attorneys at (757) 455-0077.

Mike Snellings

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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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