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Car maintenance tips for Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend holiday is one of the deadliest on the roads, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration.

The Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest on the roads, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration.

Between the years 2011 and 2016, 311 deaths occurred on the road during the Memorial Day weekend in 48 U.S. states that were surveyed.

Harlingen mechanic Rodolfo Ojeda says that you can prevent yourself from being stranded, or even getting into an accident, by checking what's under the hood.

Further, checking the pressure on your vehicle's spare tire before going on a long road trip can help prevent a major disaster.

“One of the first things I would recommend is to check your tire pressure,” Ojeda said. "Not keeping a vehicle’s tire pressure at around 23 pounds could cause tire damage or worse."

Motorists feeling tired, distracted or under the influence can also increase the risk of an accident as the day wears on during the holiday, according to the survey. Texas tops the list with 33 deaths on the road over states like California and Florida, according to National Traffic Safety Administration. The best time to drive is in the morning.

Ojeda says you should also check what's least visible. Car fluids that are in good shape can prevent your car's motor from burning out or even catching on fire. Ojeda recommends to make sure brake fluid, anti-freeze and oil are all at the right levels.

If a driver on a Texas road is stranded, wants to report debris on the road or a dangerous driver, drivers can reach Texas Department of Transportation at 800-525-5555.

If there is an emergency, always call 911.

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