When you are traveling during certain times of the year, different types of issues can occur at an increased rate. By setting out for your trip knowing what types of problems are going to be more prevalent during that time of the year, you will have a better chance of avoiding more of those situations. Should you end up in the middle of a problem with your car, you can often call a tow truck to come to help you.
Problems that can arise in hot weather
If you are going to be driving when it's very hot outside, then you'll want to use your air conditioner. However, you should turn it off and roll down the windows if you are going to have the car sitting still for a few minutes, such as when you go through a drive-through.
Carry a gallon of water in the trunk that's for emergencies, such as if you end up on the side of the road in an overheating car. Carry a tire pressure gauge with you and check the tire pressure if you think a tire looks low because the tires can need to have more air put in when the weather is very hot.
If your car overheats, park it immediately in a safe spot and open the hood to give the motor area air. Do not open the radiator cap or you can be seriously burned. If you can't get the temperature down, then call a tow truck to tow it.
Problems that can arise in cold weather
If you go out to your car and see that the windshield is icy, then you want to use a windshield scraper to remove the ice. Don't use anything else because it can end up damaging the windshield.
Your car battery can end up dead in very cold weather. If you park your car near a power source, you can plug in a battery warmer to help prevent the battery from dying. If you don't use a battery warmer and you find the battery dead, you can call a tow truck to assist you by jumping the battery.
Very cold weather can cause your alternator belt to crack, and when this happens, your car won't run for very long before it ends up not running at all. As soon as you know you may have an issue with the alternator belt, you should have a tow truck tow the car to a mechanic's shop to have the belt replaced.
To learn more, contact a towing company.