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Tips on how to prepare your car for the South Georgia heat

David Penman is the service manager at Americus Auto Care (Source: WALB) David Penman is the service manager at Americus Auto Care (Source: WALB)
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Jesse Freeman making sure his car is "summer ready" (Source: WALB) Jesse Freeman making sure his car is "summer ready" (Source: WALB)
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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Summertime means less school, more sunshine and road trips. One thing that could derail your summer vacation is a car breakdown.

David Penman of Americus Auto Care has advice for drivers preparing to hit the road.

"Stop by and get your tire pressure checked," reminded Penmam who serves as the service manager. "Get your AC checked, and definitely and make sure all your brakes are up to service and are working correctly."

South Georgia is expecting one of the hottest weekends of the summer in a couple days, and in Penman's 30 years as a mechanic, he's learned if you stay ready, you won't have to get ready.

"If your car is perfectly maintained throughout the year," he said. "You shouldn't have to change anything between summer months and in the winter."

The largest difference drivers should look out for is changes with their tires. 

"If your air pressure is high when it's cold, it's going to be even higher when it gets hot," said Penman. "The hotter it gets the more it will increase and it could possibly explode especially on a weak tire."

Two weeks ago the summer caused South Georgia resident Jesse Freeman radiator problems that proved irreversible. 

"I basically had to get a new car," said Freeman. "It was the same situation, we couldn't figure out what was going on and they just blamed it on the South Georgia heat."

And Freeman has since learned to continuously monitor his new Toyota 4Runner the same way he maintains his body under the sun. 

"We got to stay hydrated and cool too," said Freeman. "So definitely changing your coolant levels, your oil. Checking all of your temperature gauges, making sure you're watching those, making sure they don't get too high."

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