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Caution: Hot Cars + Car Seats Don’t Mix!

As summer approaches, keep in mind that temperatures inside your vehicle can rise quickly: up to 19 degrees in ten minutes, and up to 30 degrees in 20 minutes.

Even if it’s 70 degrees outside, the interior of the car can climb to almost 100 degrees in a short time.

Leaving the windows cracked has little or no effect. The car’s interior experiences a “greenhouse effect,” where the sun’s heat gets trapped inside the vehicle. Paint color, upholstery, window tinting and more add heat to the interior.

Children are especially vulnerable, because they don’t regulate heat like adults do. Brain and organ damage can occur after just 15 minutes. Pets are even more susceptible: their sweat glands are inadequate for cooling during hot days, and heatstroke can happen within minutes.

  • Never, ever leave your child or your pet in your car unattended.
  • Never assume you’ll be “in and out” of a store in just a few minutes.
  • Do not underestimate how quickly the temperatures inside a car can rise, regardless of the outside temperatures.
  • If you see a child or a pet alone inside a hot vehicle, always call 911. 


Hot Tips for Summer Car Care

Road trips are one of the joys of summer...there’s nothing like cruising with the windows down and the sun on your face. But a memorable road trip can turn sour if you don’t take a few precautions before hitting the road. AAA’s Car Doctor, John Paul, suggests checking these three things before hitting the road:

  • 1. Battery

The summer heat causes battery fluids to evaporate, which can damage the internal structure. Older batteries are more susceptible. Batteries have a typical lifespan of 3 -5 years, so you should have your battery tested at the three-year mark, and annually moving forward. (AAA members get free car battery tests; call us to request service!)  For more info about AAA battery services, visit here

  • 2. Tire pressure

When temperatures rise, tire pressure increases. Add a hot roadway to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Keep an eye on your tires...look for cracking, bulging or breaks, which can cause blowouts. Note that newer cars have Tire Pressure Monitoring systems, but those only indicate low pressure, not high pressure. A visual check is always best.

  • 3. Engine

The radiator in your car cools your engine and needs water and coolant (also known as anti-freeze) to function. Be sure to check coolant levels and add more if necessary. Coolant contains anti-corrosion chemicals to help protect your engine from the stress of summer heat.

Never add coolant to a hot engine!

More summer car care advice can be found at Your AAA. Visit


100 Deadliest Days

It’s not a cheery headline, but the fact is that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days of the year for teen drivers. Crashes involving teen drivers kill 10 people each day during the summer.

Speed and nighttime driving are the most significant factors….in fact, about 36% of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occur between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am.  Risky behavior and distracted driving add to the deadly mix.

Even though your teen may have his/her license and be driving independently, they’re still inexperienced. Parents should reinforce safe driving behaviors:

  • Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations.
  • Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law and enforce those limits.


For more on the 100 Deadliest days and tips how to talk with your teen, visit