& Safety TIPS
____ The California Department of
Transportation (Caltrans) is advising motorists that Labor Day traffic may
impact your weekend. Three day holiday weekends typically bring a spike in
traffic, especially when gas prices are lower than past years.
using highways through the Inland Empire and desert regions such as Interstates
10, 15, 40, and State Routes 91, and 60 will experience delays during peak
travel times. Historically peak travel times are Thursday and Friday afternoons
for outbound (north and eastward) directions of travel and then Sunday and
Monday afternoons (south and westward) for return traffic.
of the heaviest delays are expected on Interstate 15 (I-15) in the Cajon Pass,
through Barstow, and at the Nevada State line. Interstate 10 (I-10) westbound,
also will experience heavy traffic
between Indio and Beaumont on Sunday and Monday afternoons.
Caltrans has placed a moratorium
on routine roadwork lane closures from Friday September 2nd at 6:00 A.M. until Tuesday
September 6, at 6:00 P.M.
Below are helpful tips that can make it a safe
and fun travel weekend for everyone.
FIRST – plan ahead and know before you go!
Monitor traffic and weather reports via social media, television, and radio. Use the Caltrans
Quickmap http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ to monitor traffic and CHP incidents.
If you get caught in heavy traffic delays,
try and find detour routes to get around the traffic or find a safe place to
wait for delays to subside.
Leave early in the morning if possible to
avoid peak travel times. Have a full tank of gas.
Make sure your car is in good running
condition and can withstand long periods of idling.
Check your tires, oil, and other fluids
before you leave.
Ease up on the gas and save your cash.
Take a charged cell phone (with a car
Use facilities before you travel or plan
ahead for rest stops. Check to see if State Roadside Rest areas are open in
advance at http://www.dot.ca.gov/maintenance/statewidera.html.
Turn your air conditioner off if you are
traveling on an uphill grade and your car starts to overheat.
Take plenty of water – for yourself,
passengers, and pets.
Pack snacks and medications.
leave anyone, including pets, in a hot vehicle.
Be advised that although it may be sunny,
monsoonal weather continues to be active with flash flooding and road closures
in desert and mountain regions.
NEVER DRIVE ACROSS RUNNING WATER – TURN AROUND
Please bring your patience. IF YOU DRINK –
KEEP LITTER INSIDE YOUR CAR AND DISPOSE OF
IT IN A TRASH RECEPTACLE.
Be reminded that fire danger is extremely
high. Never throw burning objects or cigarettes out of vehicle windows.
For traffic conditions go to the Caltrans Quick Map at
Check weather at
Traffic Source: http://newsroom.aaa.com/2016/06/aaa-americans-will-take-trips-ever-independenceday-weekend/