Safety tip: Driving in hot weather (August 14, 2019 Hotline)

Safety tip: Driving in hot weather

Driving in summer heat can take a toll on your car, but there are steps you can take to keep your vehicle out of trouble. Tips for driving in hot weather include:

  • Never leave kids or animals in a car. When it’s hot outside, even on a mild day (70 degrees or so), the temperature inside a car can reach up to 120 degrees in no time at all- even with windows cracked.
  • Regular vehicle maintenance that includes checking the critical fluids such as coolant, motor oil, and fluids for transmission, brakes, power-steering and windshield wipers.
  • Have your vehicle’s belts and hoses inspected.
  • Have your vehicle’s battery tested, or even replaced.
  • Monitor your tire pressure.
  • Be prepared for a breakdown. Keep an emergency kit in your car. Suggested items include water, nonperishable food items, a first aid kit, jumper cables, flashlight and road flares.
  • Keep your car’s interior cool. Check if the vehicle has a cabin air filter and have it inspected and replaced as needed.

NMSU vehicle insurance coverage documentation available now.

The new Evidence of Coverage for fiscal year 2020 is now available on Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management webpage under insurance documents. https://safety.nmsu.edu/risk-management/faqs-resources/. As a reminder, please replace the Evidence of Coverage in each of your departmental vehicles as your proof of insurance. If an incident should occur, notify the local police department and your supervisor. You will want to get a police report and include it when you complete the notice of claim: NMSU Automobile loss form, regardless of the severity of damage, which includes parking lot damage.


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