The California Highway Patrol knows that as summer nears so does the desire to get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather for which this state is known. All that sunshine can bring the need for some quick, easy safety precautions to help mitigate summer heat taking its toll on vehicles, drivers, passengers and pets.
“The warm temperatures and busy holiday travel of summer put extra demands on both car and driver,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Always buckle up, designate a sober driver, adhere to the speed limit, and avoid becoming distracted behind the wheel. With a little planning and preparation you will be able to reduce the risk of a tragedy occurring this summer.”
The CHP encourages motorists to take some simple steps to keep their car safe during the summer months:
• Never, under any circumstance, leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle. A vehicle’s interior temperature can soar to triple digits in less than an hour, according to the National Weather Service. For example, a dark dashboard or seat can easily reach temperatures in the range of 180 to over 200°F.
• Check your vehicle’s radiator system. A significant number of summer breakdowns happen because a vehicle’s cooling system failed.
• Be sure your oil changes are current. Extreme temperatures can put more stress on an engine and dirty oil can cause damage or poor engine operation.
• Clean unnecessary items out of your car. Items like disposable lighters can explode in extreme heat or batteries can melt and leak hazardous materials.
• Carry a roadside emergency kit with fresh water, shelf-stable food,cellular telephone and charger, sunscreen, first-aid kit, properly-inflated spare tire, a tire inflator or foam tire sealant, car jack and lug wrench, jumper cables, orange triangle or other emergency signal, multi-tool or basic tool kit, maps of your area and flashlight with extra batteries. Motorists can purchase roadside emergency kits at many retailers or create their own kit. For more information on assembling a roadside emergency kit, visit: http://bit.ly/1iEBpIj.