AAA urges drivers to think of car maintenance as summer starts

Car maintenance.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Many people who took a vacation this Memorial Day weekend did so by car, and now is a good time to get a seasonal checkup on your vehicle.

Jana Tidwell with AAA mid-Atlantic says there's nothing like heading to the shore on a beautiful weekend. 

"This is the first unofficial weekend of summer, so there will be many weekends of summer road trips," she said. 

She says a maintenance check on your car will help you spot any problems before they arise. 

"During extreme summer heat, car batteries are compromised, so having your battery checked ahead of the season will give you an idea of where you stand in terms of strength of battery and if you should look to replace that going into the summer season," Tidwell explained. 

She also says summer weather also has a tendency to take its toll on your tires. 

"Tire pressure is effected by the extreme heat and you want to make sure that you check the tire pressure and that it's inflated properly. Check inside the driver's side door jamb of your vehicle for your tire pressure for your particular vehicle and also check those treads," she said. 

Tidwell says as part of your annual summer maintenance, it's also a good idea to pack a summer emergency kit containing jumper cables, a flashlight, extra washer fluid, a blanket and nonperishable snacks to leave in your car.