Summer heat reminds drivers to check car, be smart

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Illinois State Police reminds drivers to stay safe while driving in the summer heat.

The question

What are some things that should be kept in mind while driving in the heat?

The Answer

With the extreme heat taking place over the next several days, the Illinois State Police District 8 asks that you take precautions when traveling. In the event of an automotive breakdown, even the shortest trip could become perilous.    

Illinois State Police District 8 would like to remind drivers of the following driving tips for extremely hot weather:

• Check the fluid levels of vehicles while the engine is still cold.

• Have engines hoses and belts inspected.

• Inspect tires and make sure they are inflated properly.

• Keep gas tank at least half full.

• If stopped in traffic put the transmission in park and gently press the accelerator to circulate engine coolant.

• If temperature gauge starts to climb up, shut off the air conditioner and turn the heater on to the highest/hottest setting.

• If engine overheats, pull off the road in a safe spot. Do not attempt to open the radiator cap.  

• Tell someone travel plans and routes.

• Always be aware of location to be able to provide accurate information to law enforcement in the event of an emergency.

• Keep a charged cell phone in the glove box to make emergency calls. A deactivated cell phone will activate when 911 is dialed.

• Make sure to have a supply of water when traveling.

• Never leave children or pets unattended in a car for any length of time.

• The state police’s basic driving tips are the same all year: don’t drink and drive, slow down, always wear a seatbelt and no texting.

What this means to you

Staying safe and keeping cool in the summer heat is important. If drivers run into problems, call the Eureka Police Department at 467-2375 or Metamora Police Department at 367-4115.