For those of you who visit America's equivalent to a natural oven (the desert southwest), you may want to write these down before you hit the road.
**Before you leave on a trip- get your vehicle checked, fluids topped off or change, and the radiator inspected. Trust me, it will help.
**Carry your cellular phone car-charger with you. I cannot stress this enough in my line of work!
**Carry extra water, you never know when you could get stuck on I-10 between Phoenix and Blythe, CA (Bob, you should know what I am talking about). Personally, if at all possible, cary some Gatorade as well, especially if you have children. A flat tire in 110 degree heat can mean a long wait in a rural area, and you need to keep everyone not only hydrated, but with enough sodium and electrolytes to prevent dehydration.
**Keep an extra bottle of REDY-MIX coolant/antifreeze in your trunk, just in case.
**Know who to call. If you happen to be an AAA member (or suddenly find yourself wanting to be one), Arizona residents can call me and my co-workers. If you don't have it, or tried to fix the problem yourself but find that it is getting too hot or you are getting sick from the heat, I do insist calling 911. If you've just broken down, dial 411 and ask to be connected to the state police or patrol where you are. Heat exposure IS an emergency (if you are feeling dizzy, faint, overly-tired, nauseated, etc.). Just being broken down in a hot area isn't.
**Pets - bring an extra water dish for the pet of the family, and do everything you can to keep them cool. Remember, they are wearing a fur coat!
But, as I said first, check the car over before you leave (and I mean have a mechanic do it). A few bucks out of your pocket can mean the difference between arriving safely at your destination, or watching imaginary camels do the hula on the horizon while you hallucinate from heat exposure.
Take it easy out there!