Caltrans Press Release 17-182

Release Date: 6/16/2017
District: 3
Contact: Liza Whitmore
Phone: (530) 634-7640
Email: liza.whitmore@dot.ca.gov

Caltrans Urges Motorists to be Prepared for Hot Weather Impacts

National Weather Service Issues Heat Warning

MARYSVILLE – Caltrans is alerting motorists that a severe heat wave has been forecasted by the National Weather Service. High temperatures can cause problems for the traveling public in many ways. Vehicle breakdowns, tire blowouts and being stuck in traffic in uncomfortable conditions are just a few of the issues that can occur.

Below are some helpful tips that may keep you safe in your travels during the record-breaking temperatures:

~ Check traffic conditions to avoid unnecessary delays. Use Caltrans Quick Map at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

       ~ Make sure your vehicle is in good repair – check fluids, tires, battery and air conditioner and make sure you have a full tank of gas before you get on the highway.

       ~ Bring plenty of water, snacks, medications, and comfortable clothing and shoes in case you break down or find yourself in long traffic delays.

              ~  NEVER LEAVE A CHILD, ANY PERSON OR ANIMAL IN THE CAR! 

              ~ Never block your visibility while you are driving with items in the window to block the sun.

              ~ Learn the signs of heat illness – heat exhaustion and heat stroke – at: http://www.caloes.ca.gov/ICESite/Pages/Summer-Heat-Resources.aspx

Take the time to follow these tips and you will enjoy your travels and keep your cool!  Caltrans will issue traffic updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict 3. Find current road conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. A mobile version is also available or use the California Highway Information Network by calling 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Motorists are urged to “Slow for the Cone Zone” and “Move Over” when safe to do so whenever flashing lights, first responders, or Caltrans workers are observed on the highway.

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