You may be heading out on a road trip this summer. But the heat can make for a rough ride if you don't take the right steps to make sure you car is running smoothly.
Idaho State Police explained Saturday about how to prepare in case you get stranded on the interstate.
"We don't want people sitting on the side of the road,” said Idaho State Police Cpl Brady Barnes. “It's a safety hazard, for one."
That's on top of the almost 100-degree weather we've been seeing locally.
Barnes said he's seen a variety of problems with motorists, like engines overheating or running out of gas along Interstate 15.
"We'll give people rides sometimes if their car's disabled and they're not able to get somebody out there right away.” Barnes said. “We'll also give them a ride to the nearest gas station or whatever."
Blown-out tires are one of the main problems he sees along the interstate.
"This time of year, people are getting their travel trailers out and going on vacation,” Barnes explained. “A lot of those trailers have been sitting all year, you know and the tires get cracked and get old."
Which is why it's important to prepare beforehand in case you're in an emergency.
For example, say you're broken down and not a mechanic. Make sure you have water and food. You don't know how long you'll be out in the heat, so make sure you're prepared.
However, Barnes says the most important thing is to try to not get in that position in the first place.
"The interstate is not a safe place. I don't think a lot of people realize how dangerous it is," Barnes warned. "It only takes a second if somebody's not paying attention to drift across the fog line and hit you. I mean that's not going to have a good outcome there."
Barnes also wants to remind people to get into the far right lane if it's possible to allow emergency vehicles to get by.
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