Big Travel Plans? Extreme Heat Auto Preps

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A midweek fourth of July holiday and lower gasoline prices have led AAA to 
predict a huge number of holiday travelers this year.

AAA predicts 42.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home during 
the holiday. The number will match a record set in 2007. It is also an increase of nearly five percent from last year and a whopping 42 percent increase from 2009.

With a lot of people planning trips in extreme heat, there are some things you need to know before hitting the highway in triple digit temperatures.

First, you'll need a good set of properly inflated and aligned tires on your vehicle.

"And also you have worry about your coolant," says Huntsville Express Oil Change technician. "If your coolant is low and you're going on a long trip, your car could overheat and that will leave you on the side of the road."

Phillips says a fresh oil job will ensure your engine doesn't work overtime in extreme heat.

"It lubricates your engine when you're going high speeds like 60, 70 miles per hour down the road, you want to make sure you've got lubrication in that engine."

Phillips says an air filter check is standard at all Express Oil Change locations.

"That makes sure your car is breathing properly. A dirty air filter will cause your engine to work harder in hot temperatures, that will overheat your engine also."