South Dakota AAA Travel expects nearly 74,000 people to hit the road this Labor Day weekend—that's up more than six percent from last year.
Usually, gas prices are the biggest topic for holiday travel, but AAA says the national average right now is actually 18 cents lower than it was last year.
Instead, the trick to travel this weekend will be beating the heat.
Before you hit the road, local automotive professionals say you should make sure everything in your vehicle is working properly.
"Get it check out first, get the tires checked out, the fluids, the battery—the battery is a big thing," said Duane Lukes from Tires, Tires, Tires.
While many people think to check the battery during freezing temperatures, Lukes says extreme hot temperatures can have the same negative effect on car batteries.
Once you get on the road, you should also make sure your car is ready to go every step of the way.
"As far as the heat goes, the main thing is making sure you have a full tank of gas, you don't want to get stuck places," said Levi Rave with Graham Tire.
You can also get your Air Conditioning checked to make sure its running properly before your leave, but be prepared, in this kind of heat, you can expect to feel the heat this weekend.
"Another big misconception is people thing air conditioning should be cold in your car right away the second you get in it, that's just not true, it takes a little while to get caught up and as you can imagine, if its over 100 degrees in your vehicle, it takes a little bit," said Rave.
Here are a few tips from automotive specialists to best cool your car down in the heat:
When your car is parked, consider adding a darker window tint our using reflectors
When you first get inside a hot car, open the windows to let the hot air out and turn on your AC while the windows are still open
Once your AC has had time to cool down, close your windows and press the recirculation button—this will reuse the cooler air inside the car instead of bringing in more hot, humid air
Also try to alternate your fan speed so its not on high all of the time; constantly running the fan on high can wear out the transistors or fan in your AC
Even if you're heading out of the house this weekend, it's still a good idea to make sure your air conditioning is functioning properly at home so you don't come back from vacation to a very hot house.
Here are some tips from Frisbee Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to keep your home AC cool throughout this heat wave:
Keep your filter clean inside the house; it usually needs to be replaced every three months. While you may have replaced it at the start of the summer, it could be time to clean it out.
The outside unit needs to have the coil cleaned with all of the debris from the ice storm and cottonwood seed can clutter up the coil. You can remove the debris yourself or call an AC professional to clean it out.
If you set your thermostat to 80 degrees while you're out of the house, don't overcompensate by turning it way down to 50 degrees. It can freeze the coil up if you turn the temperature way down, you want to leave it at the normal temperature you always set it at, and it's not going to get cooler any faster by dumping the temperature down on your thermostat.
If you have a modern thermostat, you can readjust your AC setting before you get home using an app like Nest on your smart phone.
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