Road trip: two words that promise summer adventure and fun. Car problems: two words that will kill that excitement in a heartbeat. A breakdown on the highway will turn your long-awaited vacation into the mechanic's "pay-cation" and leave you with unpleasant memories.
While vehicles need maintenance year-round, driving long distances in high temperatures can be especially strenuous. Hot asphalt is tough on tires, and a faulty radiator won't last long if tested under harsh conditions. So before you pack up the car and your friends and family and hit the road, take a short break, check a few vitals and make sure your ride is vacation-ready.