Caltrans Warns Drivers Of Dangers With Excessive Heat - Palm Springs News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Caltrans Warns Drivers Of Dangers With Excessive Heat

Posted: Updated:
Coachella Valley Region -

The first major and dangerous heat wave is underway here in the desert. Today the California Department of Transportation issued a warning to drivers.

When temperatures get into the triple digit range, you don't want get stuck on the side of the road. Preparation can go a long way. First check your engine coolant. 

"The temperature of the engine is over two hundred degrees," said Fred Pringle, manager of Mountain View Tire and Auto Service.

So if your engine coolant is low you run the risk of overheating. 

"It's like air conditioning for your house," said Pringle.

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and and check the tread. Extreme heat can cause blowouts and leave you stranded on the highway. A place you don't want to be in triple digit temperatures. 

"As the tire rotates on the road, it creates heat automatically. And I can imagine the asphalt or whatever you're driving on gets twice as much. Luckily the tire can sustain a lot of heat. But its always good to check them," said Pringle.

One rule of thumb is the penny test.

"It still works to this day. I know its from ancient times, way, way back but it's still good," said Pringle.

Take a penny and place it in your tire tread. If Abe Lincoln's head is covered . You're in the clear. If not.

"Then it's time for you to look into new tires," Pringle said. 

Another thing to be weary of is your car battery.

"It's pretty hot in there. And also with the temperature change the battery can explode. So if your going to check into that, don't touch that thing because you can burn your fingers, burn your eyes, whatever, just be careful," said Pringle.
 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Whitewater

    Whitewater Preserve Closed After Discovery of Partially Eaten Animal

    Whitewater Preserve Closed After Discovery of Partially Eaten Animal

    Friday, January 19 2018 6:09 PM EST2018-01-19 23:09:25 GMT
    The Whitewater Preserve was closed Friday by the Preserve due to discovery of a partially eaten calf that appears to have been killed by three feral pit bulls in the area. Story: Coachella Residents Concerned About Location Of Marijuana Dispensaries The BLM did receive a report from hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail (runs right through the preserve) having observed three feral pit bulls attacking a full grown steer north of the Preserve several days ago. Story: Singl...
    The Whitewater Preserve was closed Friday by the Preserve due to discovery of a partially eaten calf that appears to have been killed by three feral pit bulls in the area. Story: Coachella Residents Concerned About Location Of Marijuana Dispensaries The BLM did receive a report from hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail (runs right through the preserve) having observed three feral pit bulls attacking a full grown steer north of the Preserve several days ago. Story: Singl...
  • Coachella Valley

    Man Charged With Solving Missing Couple Case Breaks His Silence

    Man Charged With Solving Missing Couple Case Breaks His Silence

    Friday, January 19 2018 9:16 PM EST2018-01-20 02:16:13 GMT
    Sergeant Walter Mendez and his team of detectives have been working for months trying to find two people: 28-year-old Jonathan Darling Reynoso and 26-year-old Audrey Moran.  "It has been tough for a variety of reasons the specifics as to investigating a missing cases are particularly difficult ... the emotional side is very difficult," says Mendez, who works for Riverside County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit.  Difficult because behind the two images many of ...
    Sergeant Walter Mendez and his team of detectives have been working for months trying to find two people: 28-year-old Jonathan Darling Reynoso and 26-year-old Audrey Moran.  "It has been tough for a variety of reasons the specifics as to investigating a missing cases are particularly difficult ... the emotional side is very difficult," says Mendez, who works for Riverside County Sheriff's Department Homicide Unit.  Difficult because behind the two images many of ...
  • Palm Springs

    Wang's in the Desert Front Door Vandalized Following Campaign Dinner

    Wang's in the Desert Front Door Vandalized Following Campaign Dinner

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:16 AM EST2018-01-21 08:16:08 GMT

    A Palm Springs restaurant is vandalized early this morning and it all stems from a picture of a local politician posing with employees at the restaurant.

    A Palm Springs restaurant is vandalized early this morning and it all stems from a picture of a local politician posing with employees at the restaurant.

Powered by Frankly