LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The extreme temperatures can take a toll on people and pets. But they can also be harsh on your vehicle.
The triple-digit temperatures are not at all car-friendly. From ruining your cooling system to blowing out a tire, the heat brings the risk of leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
"Get your car regularly maintained, get your tire pressure checked, check the AC system, especially the cooling system," said Bartlett Ford service consultant Keith Ferger.
Ferger said the extreme temperatures can have extreme effects on your vehicle. He said the 100 degree temps can heat up a tire with low pressure twice as fast as what it would if the tire was properly inflated. He said that could cause problems.
"It's definitely a good idea to get your tire pressure checked, make sure they're up to date, not leaking or anything like because if they get so hot, it could heat up, your tire could blow out. That could cause serious injury to not only but somebody else," said Ferger.
Ferger said the hot temperatures also force drivers to run their air conditioning on higher levels. He said that puts a lot of stress on the cooling system which makes your engine work harder.
Allyson Mercer of West Lafayette said her poor engine has had quite the work out these past few days.
"I drive to Indianapolis every day to work and back again so the AC's been really high and it's been nice and toasty inside the car," said Mercer.
But one Lafayette driver who doesn't have to worry about over using his air conditioning is Jeremiah Zahn.
"It's actually broke right now so I got to roll with the top down with the black leather seats that just bake the sun in all day," said Zahn.
Ferger said drivers need to be prepared for the worst when traveling in the extreme temperatures. He said you should travel with your cell phone and some water in case your vehicle does break down.
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