Don't forget to 'Summer-ize" you car with these tips!

Memorial Day weekend is here, and as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season, millions of drivers are gearing up for roadtrips and summer season travel.

Now is the perfect time for car owners to put basic car repair and maintenance tips into action to start 'summer-izing' their cars.

If you've never been stranded by the side of the road, or think your car is immune to a breakdown, consider the following statistics:

  • Millions of Breakdowns: Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) anticipated helping 9.3 million stranded motorists during the summer driving season and nearly half a million during the Memorial Day holiday weekend alone.
  • Older Vehicles:  Consumers are holding onto new cars for a record 63.9 months, up 4.5 months from a year ago and 14 percent since the end of 2008 – when you add used cars, the average length of ownership stands at 52.2 months, which is also a record high.
  • More Miles Driven: Americans are driving more, logging nearly three trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007.(3)

It is more important than ever before for drivers to make sure their vehicle is vacation-travel ready. The experts at offer the following tips to help car owners "summer-ize their car" for holiday and summer travel.

Top Ten Tips to Summer-ize your Car from

1. Check the radiator and coolant level (Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is warm!).

2. Check the coolant (antifreeze) mixture and condition.

3. Check the tires.

4. Change the engine oil.

5. Check the battery and cable connections.

6. Check the belts and hoses.

7. Check the air conditioning system.

8. Check the windshield wipers and spray nozzles.

9. Check the emergency kit.

10. Slow down and take care.

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