July 19, 2005

Hot weather brings more calls for roadside assistance

Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) reports an increase in call volumes from motorists who have not prepared their vehicles for higher temperatures. When summer’s at its hottest, BCAA’s Road Assistance Service gets approximately 67,000 roadside calls per month, equal to those received on the coldest days of winter. Most are related to battery or mechanical problems as a result of extreme temperature.

    To help drivers ensure their cars are properly prepared, BCAA offers the following maintenance tips:

  • Ensure tires are properly inflated. Air pressure goes up one pound for every 5C degrees of temperature change.
  • Investment in a summer tune-up, top up fluid levels, and make sure cooling fans and hoses are in good working order.
  • Check the condition of lights and wiper blades, and make sure you have plenty of washer fluid. Dry weather attracts dust and insects to the windshield.
  • Remove roof racks when not in use. Unnecessary accessories can increase wind resistance, thereby reducing the fuel economy and increasing the risk of overheating.
  • Do not fill the fuel tank to the brim. Fuel will expand on hot days and could leak out of the filler neck.

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