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Tips for powering through in hot weather.Learn how to keep the heat from scorching your car and your travel plans.
Summer travel facts
- 76% of US vacationers travel by car
- August has the second highest auto fatalities, with more teens and vacationers adding to congestion
- The phone charger is the most forgotten item on a summer road trip
Prepare for summer driving
- Heat weakens batteries – get a battery test before your trip
- Check your car’s fluids – especially coolant and battery water levels
- Tires expand in hot weather – check your tires and don’t overinflate
Will your battery beat the heat?
Most people think about their car battery in the winter, but warm temperatures mean high temperatures under the hood, which accelerates corrosion and evaporation inside of the battery – and that spells trouble.
Signs you may have a bad battery
- The engine cranks slower than normal when you start your car.
- The check engine light or battery light is illuminated on the dashboard.
- You can see the battery fluid level is low.
- The battery case looks swollen or bloated.
Not sure your battery is summer-ready? Get a free, 5-minute battery test.
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Don’t park your pup
During the dog days of summer, a car can feel more like an oven. Did you know your car's interior temperature can soar 20 degrees in just 10 minutes? Keep your furry family safe. Don’t leave pets inside the car for even a few minutes.