Illinois State Police encourage drivers to take precautions in the heat

By WEEK Reporter

School Heat Schedule

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM CDT

MACOMB, Ill -- With the extreme heat that will be happening over the next couple of days, the Illinois State Police would like to remind drivers about precautions that they can take to stay safe while traveling in the hot weather.

  •  NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a car for any length of time.
  •  Check the fluid levels of your vehicle while the engine is still cold.
  •   Have your engines hoses and belts inspected.
  •  Inspect your tires and make sure they are inflated properly.
  •  Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  •  If your temperature gauge starts to climb up, shut off the air conditioner and turn the heater on to the highest/hottest setting.
  • If your engine overheats, pull off the road in a safe spot.  Do not attempt to open the radiator cap. 
  •  Tell someone your travel plans and routes.
  • Always be aware of your location so you can provide accurate information to Law Enforcement in the event of an emergency.
  • Keep a charged cell phone in your glove box to make emergency calls.  A deactivated cell phone will activate when 911 is dialed.
  • Make sure to have a supply of water with you when traveling.  
  • Be attentive to changing road conditions, extreme heat may cause pavement buckling which could become a hazard.

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