San Bernardino, CA, June 29, 2012, 8:00am – The Summer months are here, with higher temperatures on the way. Terri Kasinga of CalTrans has some travel tips to think about before you head out across the desert or other remote areas. First – know before you go! Check or call “511”. Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition – check your tires and all fluids, and have a full tank of gas. Pay attention to the gauges and lights on your dashboard. If your temperature gauge moves up, turn off your air conditioner, then turn on the heater and set it on high. You’ll be uncomfortable, but it will help draw some of the heat away from the engine. 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. Never attempt to remove the radiator cap while your vehicle is hot. Call the CHP or AAA for assistance. Bring WATER, snacks, necessary medications, good waking shoes and a hat, and always have a charged cell phone. In the event of heavy rain or severe storms – NEVER CROSS RUNNING WATER ON FOOT OR IN YOUR VEHICLE. And, No matter what happens, NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OR A PET IN A HOT CAR.

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