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Vietnam Veterans to Lead Tours of Memorial and Museum
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Holmdel, N.J.  – The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is offering free tours of the Museum and Memorial led by... Read More...
Highlands Community Singers at Clamfest Saturday
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Community Singers will kick off Saturday's entertainment at the annual Clam Festival with a performance at noon,... Read More...
Joint Presbyterian Service Sunday
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands and the Hope Presbyterian Church of Tinton Falls will conduct... Read More...
IMAGE Mayor Declares July 13 William Kennelly, Sr. Day
Monday, 28 July 2014
PHOTO: From left to right: Mayor Stephanie Murray,  Firefighter William Kennelly Sr., Fire Chief Peter Laimann, and 3rd Assistant Chief... Read More...
IMAGE 7 New Middletown Police Officers Take the Oath
Monday, 28 July 2014
PHOTO: Officer Erica Weeks is sworn in.  Her father, Timothy Weeks, is holding the Bible. MIDDLETOWN- The Middletown Township Police Department... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...
IMAGE What Does the Fox Say?
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 24 July 2014
As a long-time Middletown resident and a nature lover, I have seen my share of backyard critters. We have mice, voles, squirrels, raccoons, skunks,... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 24, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I created a page called "Fact Jack".  If you want, like it on Facebook http://bit.ly/FactJackFb or follow on... Read More...

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Preventative Maintenance Necessary to Avoid Breakdowns

Hamilton, N. J. – New Jersey is getting its first taste of a mini heat-wave with several 90 degree-plus days predicted and AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning drivers to prepare their vehicles for the perils of high heat.

“Heat is a real car killer that take a toll on batteries and all things rubber— hoses, belts, tires— which makes vehicles very vulnerable to breakdowns,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “A small amount of preventative maintenance early can help avoid unexpected, dangerous and costly breakdowns as we head into high heat of summer months.” 

“And NEVER leave children or pets in the car, not even for short periods of time, since temperatures can quickly soar to over 200 degrees and become deadly,” said Noble. “We need to be mindful of summer’s high heat and the damage it can do, and prepare accordingly.”

Extreme heat, especially when it lasts for extended periods, can actually take a greater toll on your vehicle than the cold of winter, cautions AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Approved Auto Repair, and offers the followings tips:

Before hitting the road:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition before leaving home.
  • Install AAA’s free apps to plan your trip and members can request roadside assistance.
  • Check all fluids including the coolant level.
  • Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, you can be seriously scalded.
  • Inspect your brakes, battery, shocks, filters and pump.
  • Service the cooling system as recommended by the manufacturer. This is typically necessary every two to five years.
  • Keep your tires at normal pressure. Soft tires generate heat, which can lead to a blowout.

Once on the road:

  • Keep an eye on your gas, oil and engine temperature gauges. 
  • Should the vehicle overheat, pull off the road, shut the engine off immediately and allow the vehicle to cool.
  • Carry an emergency kit: mobile phone and charger; a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; extra snacks for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.

 

AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. Repair facilities approved by AAA meet and maintain stringent standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local shops or search online.  Additionally, AAA Mid-Atlantic now offers several repair facilities throughout our region that can assist motorists in assuring that their vehicles are ready for the challenges of summer driving.