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(PHOENIX)– More Americans than ever recorded by AAA are planning to travel over the July 4th holiday weekend. AAA says nearly 49 million people are planning getaways, up 4.1 percent from last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking in 2000.
While Wednesday, July 3rd is expected to be the most challenging travel day, Arizona drivers run the risk of being stranded in triple digits any time they put off maintenance or ignore warnings signs. Your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are available to discuss ways to avoid the most common problems, including:
• According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, 85 percent of drivers don’t know how to properly inflate their tires.
• Under-inflated tires create excessive heat and stress that can lead to a blowout. To get the most accurate pressure reading, check tires when they’ve been driven less than a mile.
• The minimum acceptable tread depth is 3/32 inch which is about the distance from the edge of a penny to the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, but you don’t want to strive for the minimum during our summer.
• If it’s running a little warm, you might be low in refrigerant or have a loose drive belt. It could also be clogged valves or filters, slow leaks in components or hoses or clogs in the condenser.
• Neglecting minor issues like a leaky hose can lead to early compressor failure, which can be an expensive fix.
• Heat evaporates battery fluids, which can speed up corrosion. If your car’s battery is more than three years old, you should test it now to make sure it’ll last through summer.
Must carry items in case of breakdown:
• Charged cell phone
• First-aid kit
• Fire extinguisher
• Reflective warning triangles
• Foam tire sealant
• Jumper cables
• Flashlight and batteries
• Duct tape
• Gloves and rags
• Water and snacks
• Sunshade and umbrella
NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals)
The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.