New Truck Owner? Be Aware of Your Truck's Limits

New Truck Owner? Be Aware of Your Truck's Limits

Stranded In A Hot Car? Here's What You Need To Know To Stay Safe

Christine Brooks

You may fully rely on your car to get you from point A to point B without problems, but there is always that little chance that you could end up as a stranded driver, waiting on a tow truck to help you out. If you happen to find yourself stranded on the side of the road in the middle of summer, your concerns can be even bigger than just staying visible. Temperatures inside a parked car under the sun in the summer can soar to unbearable degrees. To make sure you stay safe if you are ever stranded in a hot car, there are a few things you need to do in order to stay safe. 

Keep your windows down. 

If you sit with your windows up and all if that heat from the sun beaming in, you are basically creating an enclosed oven. If you stay in your car, make sure you open the windows or even prop open the doors to prevent the excessive amount of heat from continuing to accumulate. Although having your windows down may make you feel vulnerable, it is much less likely for you to be bothered by a passerby than it is for you to suffer heat exhaustion in a hot vehicle. 

Cover your windshields and back window if you can. 

An old blanket, a tarp, a jacket, or whatever you have available can be used to shield some of the summer sun that is making its way into your car if you are stranded in the summer. Drape something over the front and rear windows to provide a little shade. In the summer, it is a good idea to keep a reflective emergency blanket in your trunk or glovebox, which can be spread across the windows in the event you do get stranded. 

It may be better to leave your car than stay inside. 

In some areas, summer weather can come along with heat indexes well into the triple digits. Even though it is usually recommended that stranded motorists stay in their vehicle, in the summer if you break down, it may be more feasible for you to wait outside of your vehicle. With no air conditioner and no protection, the interior of your car can just be too hot to bear safely until help arrives. Just stay to the right side of your car, well away from the traffic and only enter or exit the vehicle from the passenger side as well. 

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New Truck Owner? Be Aware of Your Truck's Limits

My father had a pickup truck as I was growing up, and I loved riding in it. When I was finally old enough to drive, I found a great deal on a compact car that was too good to pass up on my part-time job budget. When I finally made enough cash to trade in my car for a pickup truck, I was excited to drive that baby around town. I went driving out in the country immediately to see what my new truck could do, but I got into trouble fast and got stuck in the mud. A tow truck was able to get me out, but my friends never forgot about that day and still tease me about it. I wanted to make a blog to share my automobile tips and what I have learned about tow trucks since then. I hope you enjoy my posts!