Warmer temperatures bring restless road lovers, and a summer break from school is a favourite time for road trips. While summer driving is not as difficult as winter driving, it is important to remain aware of other dangers lurking on the road during warm weather.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you drive this summer:

• Make sure your fluids, hoses and belts are in good condition. Turn off your engine and look for damaged hoses and worn belts. Inspect the antifreeze/ coolant level and condition, and, if needed, top off with Prestone LongLife antifreeze/coolant.

• Remember to get an oil change before leaving for your trip. When driving in very hot temperatures or towing heavy items like a trailer or water sports equipment, consider switching to synthetic motor oil and using a FRAM Tough Guard oil filter.

• Make sure your air conditioning is working properly. A long road trip can become unbearable in a hot car. If needed, have the air conditioning serviced by a qualified technician.

• Don’t forget the emergency kit. You never know when a breakdown can occur. Make sure you are prepared for such instances by travelling with a flashlight, jumper cables, and a first aid kit. Also remember to pack warning devices like the Autolite Flareglo Safety Lite in case you are ever stranded roadside. (Careful: Flares can present a number of safety issues if not used properly).

For more tips on road safety, visit prestone.com or www.getroadready.com.

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