Summer has officially arrived and with it, the urge to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather! But, before you go, you'll want to make sure you're car is in tip-top condition.

The warm temperatures and busy holiday travel of summer put extra demands on both car and driver. That's why it's important to be pro-active when it comes to keeping your car safe.  

CHP Officer Chad Hertzell says one thing you definitely want to check is your vehicle's radiator system. 

"A significant number of summer break downs happen because a vehicle's cooling system has failed," Hertzell said.

And be sure your oil changes are up to date.

"Extreme temperatures can put more stress on an engine, and dirty oil can cause damage or poor engine operation," he said. 

It's also a good idea to clean unnecessary items out of your car. Things like disposable lighters can explode in extreme heat and batteries can melt and leak hazardous materials.