Wildfire Season and Your Car

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Unfortunately, wildfires are wildly popular around this time of year in California. With this in mind, the conditions caused by wildfires can lead to vehicle damage if you don't take proper care of your vehicle. During June through September, there is a combination of warmer and drier weather. 


Fires are more prevalent in the summer and fall since there are more frequent dry and hot winds. It tends to be riskier during September as fall begins, and the leaves, branches, and other material can dry out and become highly flammable. And just the way you take care of your home and yourself during these hot seasons, you should consider taking care of your vehicle! 


Here are some tips that will help you to take proper care of your vehicle to prevent significant damages if evacuating through fire: 


Secure Chains: Make sure to use appropriate safety pins and hitch balls to secure chains! 

Check Your Tire Pressure: With the hot weather, the roads get warmer and damage your vehicle tires! Before you go on the street, ensure your vehicle's tires are in excellent condition. Driving on an exposed wheel rim will throw sparks. 

No Dragging Anything: Check your undercarriage to make sure everything in your vehicle is in good condition and with nothing dragging on the ground! 

Properly Maintain Your Brakes: Your vehicle's brakes are vital as they can allow you to stop on time and prevent a big accident on the road. Not having good brakes can cause the metal-to-metal contact to create a spark! 


Keep in mind that most of the time, motorists are responsible for many wildfires on the road! Before you use your vehicle, make sure to check that it is in good condition, and if you ever need help with vehicle maintenance, our expert team here at Nona's Auto Center in Turlock, CA, is here to help you! 


Schedule an inspection with us today. Nona's Auto Center is at 1565 W. Tuolumne Road, Turlock, CA 95382. Here at Nona's Auto Center, we love cars, and we'll treat your vehicle just as if it were our own.