- AAA Oklahoma is expecting a sharp rise in call volume this week with temperatures nearing 100. Car batteries will be tested by the extreme heat and there will likely be an increase in tire troubles as well.
- The auto club is reminding motorists to have a fully charged cellphone and a roadside rescue plan, and offers five tips to avoid heat-related car troubles.
July 26, 2021 – AAA Oklahoma is expecting a sharp rise in roadside assistance calls with the soaring temperatures and summer activities in full swing. Car batteries will be tested by the extreme heat, and there will likely be an increase in tire troubles as well.
“Inevitably, these high temperatures will bring a wave of calls from motorists whose batteries fail,” says Leslie Gamble, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Oklahoma. “And, in this heat, drivers and their passengers’ safety is at risk as well, so it is critical that everyone prepare accordingly.”
These four AAA metro-Oklahoma City car care centers are providing free inspections, by appointment, to all who hope to get ahead of heat-related car problems.
- Edmond: 1701 S. Broadway Ave., (405) 348-8281
- Norman: 2520 W. Main St., (405) 360-7771
- Northwest OKC: 6163 N. May Ave., (405) 717-8200
- Quail Springs: 13225 N. Pennsylvania Ave., (405) 753-9777
TIPS to avoid heat-related car troubles:
1. Get your battery tested and, if necessary, replace it BEFORE it dies
Most batteries last 3-5 years and each day of extreme weather pushes a battery closer to its end.
AAA members can request a AAA Roadside Service technician to come to them and test their battery
free of charge. Should the battery need replacement, the technician can usually replace it on location.
2. Make sure tires are properly inflated
Driving on under-inflated tires can cause tires to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout.
This problem becomes even more of a concern when road temperatures are extremely high.
For accurate results, tires should be checked at the beginning of travels before driving any great
distance. They should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer – not the
number molded into the tire sidewall.
Recommended tire pressures can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker normally located on
the driver’s door jamb or the inside of the glove compartment door. Some vehicles use different
pressures for the front and rear tires.
While checking the tire pressures - including the spare - drivers also should inspect the tire treads for
adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.
3. Check all fluids.
When fluid levels are low, the possibility of overheating increases. Drivers should check all vehicle
fluids including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to ensure they are
filled to the appropriate levels.
If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.
4. Have a roadside rescue plan to summons qualified help should it be needed.
Check to make sure your AAA membership is active and suitable for the distance you plan to
5. Stock a summer emergency kit.
Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so AAA recommends
every driver have a fully charged cellphone on hand so they can call for help when needed and also
keep a well-stocked emergency kit in their vehicle to ensure everyone’s safety while they’re waiting for
help to arrive.
The emergency kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with
extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit.