Unbeknownst to some people, deserts do exist in Washington, albeit on the eastern region of the state. Are you planning desert driving this summer? Be sure you’re prepared for such a road excursion; the weather may pose unique risks.
Bring Plenty of Water
You should have a case of water in your trunk. If your car breaks down, a tow truck may not be able to get to you for hours. When waiting for prolonged periods under scorching temperatures, you may be at risk of dehydration and heatstroke. It’s important to stay hydrated. Keep your car hydrated as well by giving it a nice supply of coolant before the trip.
Know Your Vehicle
A lot of modern cars have features the driver rarely if ever uses. Can you locate, for example, the spare tire and tools for manually changing a flat tire? Do you know how to use them? If driving a rental car, then take the time to get to know the vehicle inside and out.
Service the Vehicle
Bring your vehicle to an auto service company for a pre-trip check-up. It’s important to address any auto repair needs because latent issues are more inclined to arise under high temperatures. You should also consider upgrades like specialized coolant designed for off-roading.
Stick to Designated Paths
We suggest sticking to designated roads. Some off-the-grid routes may lack ample phone signal. They may also be more difficult for a tow truck to reach. If you choose to travel on a desolate path, then we highly recommend bringing a satellite phone.
Desert Driving Safety Inspections in Tacoma
We service all automobile types from modern to classic cars. Bring your car to Jones Automotive Clinic if you have an impending road trip. Desert driving can be fun and adventurous but is not without its risks.
Pre-Inspection for Desert Driving in Tacoma
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