RHINELANDER - The dog days of summer will hang around for quite some time. That heat can cause issues for your car's engine and the people and pets you drive around.
"The hot weather can affect your battery as well as the cold weather," said Maze Certified Auto Repair owner James Maze. "I recommend having it checked out as well in the summer months and as well as the winter."
Maze says those kinds of failures can happen at the worst time. It's not the only issue that the heat can cause.
"We should always check the strength of the antifreeze too because it also prevents boil overs in the summer as well," said Maze.
Those boil overs can mean a bad day for your wallet.
"If it does overheat and you don't immediately attend to it you can cause major engine damage," said Maze. "It can cost into the thousands verses a couple hundred."
The issues can extend far past the breakdown of your car. Our pets shouldn't stay in a hot car.
"They cool off differently than we do," said Northern Paws Animal Hospital Owner and Veterinarian Ray Goodroad. "They have to have not very humid temperature for panting to work. If it's humid, panting doesn't work well."
Dogs can't cool off well in a confined space with no moving air, but there is one way to help your pets.
"Leave the dog at home," said Goodroad. "Leave the dog or cat at home unless they're going straight to a veterinarian, or a boarding or a grooming appointment. Don't leave your dog in your car for any reason at all."
If people are making long car trips, Northern Paws encourages people to stop where the dog can step out of the car.