Extended Heat Wave Could Be Punishing To Your Car

Bill Sencio
July 05, 2018 - 9:34 am

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - The long stretch of high heat and humidity gripping Connecticut can take its toll on your car. 

Flat tires and dead batteries are among the most common heat-related automotive problems, according to Amy Parmenter at AAA's West Hartford office. She says the type of heat Connecticut has been experiencing puts extra strain on batteries, and makes under-inflated tires susceptible to blow outs.

No one plans to break down, but Parmenter urges motorists to be prepared, with an emergency kit in the event of a breakdown. It should include items such as a fully charged cell phone, basic tools, first aid supplies, water, snacks, and flares.

Parmenter notes many cars these days don't come with spare tires, so a flat can mean having to get a tow.