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Vacationing this summer in a car packed with luggage and kids? The last thing you need is to sit sweltering on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Follow these 10 simple tips before you leave the driveway. And don’t forget to turn off the stove.
1. Check Your Tires
Hot roads are tough on tires. Make sure your tires are inflated properly – it takes no more than five minutes and all you need is a tire gauge: buy one at any auto parts store for a couple of bucks. The sidewalls of your tires tell you exactly how much air pressure you should have; so does your owner’s manual and sometimes even the little door that covers your gas fill.
Properly inflated tires will last longer, give you better mileage and a safer ride. Don’t forget to check your spare, and don’t forget to make sure you have a jack and lug wrench!
If you’ve been on the same set of tires for a while, stick a penny in the tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head disappears, you’re good. If your car is shuddering at speed, you may need an alignment or a balance. Take it to a tire shop.