If you are in the market for a new vehicle and plan to do a lot of desert driving then the SUV is probably the best choice. After all who wants to break down in the middle of the Saguaro Desert? The SUV is one of the best options, with 4-wheel drive, they are reliable and usually easy to repair.
If you are not in the market for a new vehicle, here are a few basic safety measures that can help prevent a breakdown. This will help to keep you and your passengers safe if stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Always store plenty of water in your car. You should keep about 2 gallons for each person in the car. For your vehicle you should keep distilled water or pre-mixed coolant in the car in case the engine overheats.
Never run your vehicle out of gas. Plan your stops and know when and where you will stop by the time you are around half a tank. This will give you time to find a gas station and you will not be in jeopardy of running out.
The desert is blistering hot during the day, but keep in mind that the desert reaches cold temps at night. Keep a blanket or extra jacket in the car in case of an emergency.
Do not leave your car if you breakdown. You will waste energy in an already exhausting desert environment. Your chance of getting lost or hurt increase dramatically if you leave your car. Unless you are truly in the middle of no where, it’s likely someone will drive by. Wait for help or call roadside service.
While driving in the desert pay attention to signs that your car may not be running properly. Things like loss of power, stalling when stopping, check engine light comes on. You need to be prepared if desert driving is a common thing for you. Keep your car tuned up and properly serviced. Having you car serviced also includes a visual inspection of the engine, filter replacements and system cleanings.
ICC Collision Centers wants you to be prepared and safe on the road during summer driving in the desert. Plan ahead and come back safely!