Charlotte - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.
Safety in the Heat
Summer is still a few weeks away, but it's never too early to make a plan for staying safe outdoors, or if you're getting ready for a road trip.
Since most of NCDOT's employees spend their days outside, most work starts earlier in the morning, in cooler weather. Crews also will wear lighter colored clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect the eyes and skin, and will stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, not caffeinated beverages.
Employees also will take more frequent, shorter breaks, making sure they check on each other throughout the day for signs of stress or heat exhaustion.
Safety for Drivers
Hot weather can also affect your vehicle. Before taking a long drive, here are a few tips to remember:
Check tire pressure. The best time to do so is when the tires are cool, such as early in the morning or after your car has been parked for a while.
Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Even with the windows down, a car or truck's interior temperature can rise rapidly.
Use window shades to deter hot surfaces. Car shades are an inexpensive way to keep the interior temperature cooler on those hot summer days.
Check the vehicle's fluids. Flushing and filling the vehicle's cooling system on a regular schedule will prevent overheating.
Get a professional checkup. Have a mechanic check all belts, clamps, hoses and fluid levels before you hit the road.
Building a Better World
NCDOT partnered last Saturday with Buncombe County Libraries as they kicked off their summer reading program with the theme, "Build a Better World".
The department brought a motor grader to this event so kids could see inside the cab, sit in the driver's seat, and learn how NCDOT uses this equipment for construction work.
For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT.gov.