Though meteorologists expect high temperatures this week to return to normal, local and state authorities are still cautioning motorists to make sure their vehicles are properly maintained to prevent being stranded in the summer sun.
Though the numbers are lower than last year, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said deputies still have responded to a high number of heat-related vehicle breakdowns this summer.
"Motorists need to be prepared for any emergency, particularly a breakdown," he said.
From July 1 through Wednesday, deputies responded to 216 disabled-vehicle calls, down from 262 calls from the same period last year, according to sheriff's office records.
But deputies are seeing plenty of high temperature-related breakdowns, including "tire blowouts, ruptured hoses, broken belts and radiator leaks," Morris said.
The captain said deputies recommend motorists consider having a cooler of ice, bottled water and even an umbrella to use as a sun shade in the event of a breakdown.
"When traveling, make certain your cell phone is fully charged," he said. "A gallon of antifreeze in the trunk would be a good idea, too."
The Georgia State Patrol will also be on the lookout for stranded motorists. Troopers suggest motorists have their vehicles serviced regularly and keep water, a first aid kit, flashlights, non-perishable food and basic tools and jumper cables, according to a news release.
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