But what if your car becomes the hazard?
Here are some things you should consider for when your car is in heat:

1. Overheating

According to AAA, one of the most common cause of breakdowns is overheating—even with new cars. Make sure your cooling system is flushed and maintained as recommended in your owners’ manual. If your car does overheat, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has completely cooled off.

Additionally, make sure your passengers don't overheat. If your car is not equipped with air conditioning, be sure that you are able to roll down your windows. Keep a supply of water bottles in your trunk, in the event that you are stranded somewhere.

2. Tire Popping

With warmer weather, long trips and heavy loads add to the stress on your tires. Most manufacturers suggest checking your tire pressure ever 250 miles, and before leaving on any long trip. Serious injuries can result from under or over-inflation. Check your manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate inflation level for your vehicle and tires.

When you check the pressure, be sure to check the tire treads as well. If you stick a penny in the tread (with Lincoln's head going in first), the grooves should be deep enough to touch the top of his head.

3. Storms

Be wary of flash floods (and check out our guide for driving in a flood zone). Know whether your car has ABS brakes, and be sure you can handle a hydroplane situation. Keep in mind that you should never drive into water completely covering the road, or any water with a current.

4. Kids and Pets

Everyone’s heard the warnings not to leave kids and pets in a parked car. HOWEVER, you also need to make sure to double-check that any seatbelts or restraints put on in the heat stay put. Extreme temperatures can cause metal and plastic parts to warp.

You may want to consider having shades or window tints put on the rear windows of the car to shield children and other passengers from direct sunlight. Check your municipal and state laws regarding vehicle windows.

It’s best to take these precautions to avoid accident or being stranded on the side of the road. Make sure you have the emergency contacts for your area (or the area you’re driving through) stored in your cell phone.

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