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Driving through the heat

Is your car prepared for summer?
Is your car prepared for summer?

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

July 8, 2010 — Is your vehicle prepared for the heat of summer? Find out how the weather can affect your car.

Cars heating up in Toronto
Cars heating up in Toronto

Summer is upon us and it's definitely feeling like it in both western and eastern Canada.

While most drivers are aware of the precautions and preparations needed during the winter months, there are some things you should consider when driving in the heat of the summer.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, there are more tire problems involved with the hot weather than any other time of year. Excessive heat can lead to low air pressure, which will have a dangerous affect on your vehicle. Authorities are also encouraging drivers to check rubber belts, hoses and all fluid levels on a regular basis.

Much like the winter months when most pack a safety kit in case of an emergency, the OPP say it's a good idea to keep some bottled water, hats, umbrellas and sunscreen handy while driving during the summer.

You can find out more about protecting your car during the different seasons by heading to our Weather and Your Car section of the website.

And cars aren't the only method of transportation that have a tough time handling the sweltering conditions.

Rails swell in the summer months
Rails swell in the summer months

Trains are known to slow down as tracks become swollen with the heat. Earlier this week, Ontario's GO Transit commuter train system notified its passengers of possible delays of up to ten minutes due to the track conditions. VIA Rail trains have also slowed down this week in an attempt to protect the rails in the hot weather.

So how long will the heat last in your area? You can check out the Canadian Cities Forecast for your local details. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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