MCDOT urges drivers to take heat precautions to stay safe on the road

As temperatures reach the triple-digit mark for the first time in 2016, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation reminds residents to prepare vehicles for driving in the heat.

“Safety is MCDOT’s number one priority,” MCDOT Director Jennifer Toth said in a press release. “During extreme heat it is even more important that drivers plan ahead and be aware of the condition of their vehicle.”

MCDOT offers the following tips to help drivers stay safe on the road with the rising temperatures:

•Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
•Do not leave children or pets in the car unattended.
•Plan your travel route in advance.
•Fill your fuel tank before you leave. Running out of gas — especially in a remote location — is extremely dangerous during warm weather conditions.
•Use sunshades when your vehicle is parked to reduce temperatures.
•Consider keeping an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes water, a flashlight and other provisions you may need.

Additionally, vehicles parts, such as the battery and tires, wear down more quickly in the heat. By performing routine checkups, drivers can greatly reduce their risk of battery failure or tire blowouts.

“These routine maintenance checkups not only could save drivers money, but allows for them to commute safely through the hottest months of the year in Arizona,” Ms. Toth said.

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