BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — With an increase in hot temperatures come concerns about cars overheating. AAA is warning people how hot temperatures can impact your drive.

We are no stranger to heat in Louisiana and according to AAA, extreme heat makes your car work harder.

“Heat is a big killer for a lot of our vehicles,” said Don Redman, spokesperson for AAA .

Redman said you have to take extra precautions with your car during the summer – especially your battery.

“Heat puts a big drain on our battery, especially those batteries that’s located in with the engine where it gets really hot and it just a lot of it,” said Redman. “Even vibrations can deteriorate your battery.”

He said tires are also at risk of blowing out due to the hot pavement temperatures. One way to protect them is by making sure they are properly inflated. You can find tire PSI by looking at the inside of the driver’s door.

“And also do a test with a quarter where you turn a quarter in into the threads and if you can see fully the head of Washington, George Washington’s head, that means your threads are really bad shape,” said Redman.

Tires that have bad threads burn easily on hot pavements.

Redman said every car is unique, and car owners should check their car manual before putting any coolant fluid or any fluid in their car because it is not one size fits all.

“It’s a little more technical when it comes to coolant, you just can’t walk into an auto supply store and grab a bottle of coolant off the shelf and throw it in your car. You really need to know what kind your car takes.”

Car owners should put a diluted fifty-fifty coolant in their car.

Spending an extra 20 minutes checking your car can save you from being on the side of the road. If you don’t trust yourself to do it, go to your local mechanic.