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Excessive Heat on US Highways: Protect Yourself and Your Vehicle

Checklist to Remember for Your Vehicle
Check your tires: air pressure & wear and tear
Check engine fluid levels
Check brake performance
If Your Car Does Overheat, Remember These Steps*
Pull over to a safe spot off the road, park your car, and turn off the engine as soon as possible.
Let your car cool for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Open the hood of your car to allow the heat to clear out quickly.
Once your car has cooled off, turn the ignition to its first position (don’t start the engine). If you see the temperature gauge is within a normal range and the engine fluid levels are sufficient, it is safe to start the engine again.
If the engine makes unusual sounds or does not start at all, call for roadside assistance to have your car towed.

Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.