Preparing your car for the summer heat

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 18:40:45-04

The heat in Central Texas continues to increase and while we're all focused on keeping ourselves cool, we should also be thinking about our cars.

Before embarking on your summer road trip, you may want to swing by your local automotive shop.

Daniel Armbruster, the spokesperson for AAA Texas, said the heat can cause problems with your engine and battery, along with the belts and hoses under the hood. He said the heat can make them crack.

Armbruster said tires should also be properly inflated since they are at a greater risk of a blowout due to the high temperature of the pavement.

"The biggest mistake people make is not planning ahead, not thinking about what they might need, not planning for emergencies," Armbruster said. "Just over Memorial Day weekend alone, we rescued more than 340,000 motorists across the United States because of roadside emergencies and the top three reasons for that were batteries, tire and engine issues."

Armbruster also suggests checking your tire pressure at least once a month and keeping your children and pets out of unattended hot cars.

For more summer car care tips, click here.

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