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Be sure to prep your car for monsoon season

PHOENIX -- That layer of dust on everything should be your warning to get the car checked out before the next big storm hits.

Howard Fleischman with Community Tire Pros is warning his customers to check several things, including the head and tail lights and windshield wipers.

"In Arizona's heat, wipers really should be changed every six months," he says. "Otherwise, the sharp blade underneath can scratch the windshield and cause more serious damage."

Replacing the wipers should cost no more than $20 at most repair shops, he added.

Fleischman said a lot can also go wrong on the road beneath your car.

"All the oils are going to start coming up in the first two rains we have, and if you don't have good traction, you could lose control," he explained.

To stay on the road, he said to double check your tire tread and don't rely on the pressure per square inch stamped on the side of the tire.

"It tells you that's how much that tire can be inflated to before it becomes dangerous," he warned. "It has nothing to do with your car."

Instead, he advised motorists to go by the manufacturer's instructions found inside the owner's manual and on the inside frame on the driver's side door.

And don't forget to check the head and tail lights are all working.

If you have a newer, high-tech vehicle, Fleischman said you're prone to electrical shorts if rubber seals and gaskets are ignored after several months in the Arizona heat.

"You've got a lot of electronics in today's automobile," said Fleischman. "Make sure that they're all sealed well, so that if you're going through puddles, you're not causing the car to short out."

He also warned not to drive a car in water more than six inches deep. Even if you make it out, he said your engine may not and that can be a $6,000 to $7,000 mistake in repairs.

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Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.

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