Although the extreme heat of one of the hottest summers is coming to an end, there could still be a few days that the mercury increases and cars need to be safeguarded.

Hot weather has been known to affect a car's performance, particularly its batteries, tires, radiators and air conditioners. The heat causes the acid and fluid inside of batteries to expand, which can lead to a leak and the potential for failure. This could leave you stranded on the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck in the hot weather.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid future repairs, that could end up being more costly in the long the run. Be sure to take your car to a local service shop to have your fluids checked. Low coolant levels could end up destroying an engine, costing a lot more than a simple service check. In addition, belts & hoses stretch with age and in long periods of heat, eventually leading to engine failure before you can shut it down.

While you are at a service shop a mechanic can check your air conditioning, which is often forced to work harder in the summer the months.