(Victor Valley)– – Summer months are upon us with high temperatures in store. Below are some tips to think about before your trip across the desert or other remote areas.
- First – know before you go! Check IE511.org or call “511” from the Inland Empire. You may also go Caltrans website to check for road conditions and closures at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or the California Highway Patrol (CHP) website at http://cad.chp.ca.gov/.
- Make sure your vehicle is on good running condition – check your tires for correct inflation and all fluids. Have a full tank of gas. If you plan to travel across the desert, air conditioning is recommended – HOWEVER, heed warning signs on steep inclines to turn off air conditioning in hot weather.
- When driving in hot weather, it’s particularly important to keep an eye on the lights and gauges on your dashboard. If your temperature gauge moves up, turn off your air conditioner and turn on your vehicle’s heater to its highest and hottest setting. It will, no doubt, make you uncomfortable, but it will help draw some of the heat away from the engine.
- If you are stopped in traffic, put the car in “park” and lightly step on the gas to help circulate coolant.
- If the temperature light goes on or if the gauge enters the red zone, immediately pull off the road to a safe spot, well away from traffic. Do not drive any further — not even to the next exit. Driving with an overheated engine can cause tremendous damage to the engine. Do not attempt to remove the radiator cap while your vehicle is hot. Call CHP or AAA for assistance.
- Bring WATER, snacks, necessary medications, sturdy waking shoes and a hat. Stop periodically to refresh yourself. Bring moist towelettes and always have a charged cell phone.
- California Safety Roadside Rest Areas (SRRA’s) may close without notice for repairs on I-10, I-15, and I-40. Be sure you plan your trip ahead to stop at other locations for facilities.
- In the event of monsoons or storms – NEVER CROSS RUNNING WATER ON FOOT OR IN YOUR VEHICLE.
- NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OR PET IN A HOT CAR.
Listen to the radio or watch local news on TV before and while you travel for road conditions