National Safety Council tips to keep your car running well in this heat

If car overheats, pull over, turn off engine

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DETROIT - Hot weather makes for hot cars and just in case yours is running too hot here's some advice from the National Safety Council.

They advise drivers not to drive more than a quarter mile if the car overheats. Follow these steps.

  1. Pull over to a safe location and turn off the engine.
  2. Do not open the hood until the car has completely cooled or the temperature gauge has moved form hot to cool.
  3. Check the coolant (antifreeze) level in the radiator. Look in the manual if you are unsure where the coolant reservoir tank is.
  4. Make sure the radiator cap is cool before opening it. Slowly twist it off with a towel and beware of any hot steam. If needed, fill coolant to the top of the radiator. Put the radiator cap back on.
  5. Be sure the upper or lower radiator hose and any of the heater hoses have not been blocked, disconnected or burst.
  6. Restart the engine.

Carefully monitor the temperature gauge. If you see it crossing the optimal mark pull over to a safe location and turn the engine off.

Store these essential items in your car: coolant, tool kit, working flashlight, non-perishable foods and water.

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