People believe that the winter months bring the most driving dangers. This isn’t necessarily true. During the hot summer months, car fluids and lubricants can break down more quickly, tires are exposed to more stress, and vehicles suffer more wear and tear.

As seen on the NY Daily News, here are some important tips for driving this summer.

Cooling system – Your vehicle’s cooling system helps keep the engine from overheating on hot summer days, so it is important to have your radiator flushed and refilled with the proper type and amount of coolant.

Tires – It is important to inspect your tires for signs of wear and tear and check the air-pressure. It is best to check the air-pressure when your tires are “cold” meaning they haven’t been driven for four or more hours. Keeping the tires inflated to their recommended levels will help your tires last longer. The recommended inflation levels are listed in your owner’s manual.

Belts and hoses – The summer heat can destroy your vehicle’s belts and hoses so it is important to check them for signs of cracking and other wear and tear. Or, have an experienced auto technician check and replace them as needed.

Battery – If your battery’s warranty is getting close to its expiration date, have it tested or just replace it. Also, check the battery cables for dirt and cracks. The summer heat can make your battery die more quickly.

Wiper blades – The summer’s heat can break down the rubber in your wiper blades, just like your tires. Wiper blades that may have been affected by the cold weather will degrade even more during the summer. Wiper blades should be replaced at least once or twice a year.

During the summer it’s important to have your car serviced regularly. Be aware of these tips this summer so you can keep your cool even on those extra hot days.