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Sum­mer va­ca­tion! That means hot weather + over­loaded car—so it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t end up on the side of the road rather than be­side that beck­on­ing lake. Be­fore you set out, have the bat­tery and the cooling sys­tem checked (a dirty or blocked cooling sys­tem can lead to a break­down). And keep in mind that the en­gine of a very crowded, loaded-down car has to work harder. “If the tem­per­a­ture gauge rises into the red zone or the over­heat warn­ing light comes on, pull off as soon as it’s safely pos­si­ble and let the en­gine cool down,” says Michael Calkins, AAA tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager. “Never drive an over­heated ve­hi­cle any far­ther than ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary, or you could end up with ex­ten­sive—and ex­pen­sive—en­gine dam­age.”

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