Be Prepared for High Heat - AZ DOT Tips In Case Your Car Breaks Down

Mark Hake
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The Arizona Dept. of Transportation says drivers should be prepared for excessive heat. Its tips for drivers are even if your car has air conditioning.

If you get stranded along a road here is what you should do:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • If your car gets too hot inside, seek some outside shade
  • Keep your shoes on, especially if the highway is hot
  • Raise your front car hood and turn on the hazard lights

These are all common-sense actions. Most of all don't panic. Call friends, family, or 911 if necessary to find you.

Be Prepared

But here are some things you can do to be prepared ahead of time.

  • Make sure your car is in good working order
  • Check your air conditioner and coolant tank levels before taking a trip
  • Check to have at least 3/4ths of a tank of gas in your car when going on a trip
  • Check your tire pressure. Low air and hot roads can lead to a blowout.
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Must-Haves for a Road Trip

In addition, ADOT says there are some "Must Haves" that should be in every car:

  • A cooler for extra drinking water
  • An umbrella for shade
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat, sunglasses and loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Prescriptions that are necessary
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Safety flares
  • Extra jug of water for the radiator
  • Healthy snacks
  • A good map for your trip

Drivers going on a road trip should make sure their car has these essential items.


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Mark Hake is a financial analyst, investor, and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He writes about US and foreign stocks as well as cryptos, hedge funds, and private equity. He previously ran his own hedge fund, investment research firm, and acted as CFO for a fintech startup. He focuses on finding value, arbitrage, and hidden asset opportunities.

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