Caltrans offers summer driving tips

As temperatures warm up and more people hit the roadways during the summer months, Caltrans District 2 reminds motorists of these summer driving tips:

  • Never leave a child or pet in a hot vehicle.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Check tires and fluids and have a full tank of gas.
  • Watch your lights and gauges. If the temperature gauge is moving up, turn off the air conditioner and turn on the heater to help draw heat away from the engine.
  • If the temperature gauge enters the red zone, immediately pull off the road, well away from traffic. Driving with an overheated engine can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Do not attempt to remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot.
  • Do not park a hot vehicle on dry vegetation. If you are towing, make sure your connection is tight and that no cables are dragging on the ground.
  • Properly dispose of cigarette butts.
  • If you are stopped in traffic, put the vehicle in “park” and lightly step on the gas to help circulate coolant.
  • Carry water, snacks, a first aid kit, a charged cell phone, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat.
  • Do not drive distracted. California law prohibits texting or talking on a cell phone while driving unless a hands-free device is utilized. Turn down your music so you can hear horns and sirens.
  • Check road conditions before you go.

For more information, call the District 2 Public Information Office at 225-3426 or email