Although it’s rare with modern cars, it isn’t uncommon for cars to overheat during the spring and summer seasons, during periods of hot weather. Generally speaking, an overheated car isn’t a sign of a car in poor condition, it is simply the result of a combination of adverse factors.
No matter the age of your vehicle, it is always handy to know how to deal with an overheated car, to minimise the risk of illness, injury or a road related accident.
4 ways to deal with an overheated car
While it is often easy to spot the hazards that cause road related accidents, if you have never had to deal with an overheated car, you may be unaware of the warning signs.
If your car is overheating, you will typically find that your temperature indicator will start to rise and/or your malfunction indicator will activate. If either, or both, of these aforementioned signals occur, you can deal with an overheated car by:
- Opening your windows and turning off air conditioning
- Turning on your heater to transfer heat from the engine to the passenger area
- Desisting from riding your brakes
- Parking and revving the engine to encourage air and water through the car radiator, if possible
In the case that your car overheats in periods of regular weather, it could be that there are issues with your car. This could be that the water level is low in your car or that there is a leak somewhere within the cooling system.
If you are unsure about how to deal with the problem, a garage will be able to look at your car to ensure it is safe for the road, minimising the chance of a road-related accident.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been in a road traffic accident and have sustained injury or illness through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation for the distress you have endured.
So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide evidence to suggest that liability lies out of your hands, Accident Advice Helpline can help you win the compensation you deserve.
For more information on how to claim, call us today on freephone 0800 689 0500. Our friendly advisors are available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown