ELKO — The Nevada Highway Patrol wants people to be prepared for highway travel during the upcoming heat wave in Elko County.
Trooper Jim Stewart urged travelers to carry water and stay hydrated during the 100-degree heat that’s predicted over the next week.
“If you don’t drink water while you’re driving that really can affect your decision-making on the road,” he said.
Stewart also urged people to not leave pets or children in their cars. Ever.
“If it’s 100 degrees out, even with the windows rolled down, it can be 140 to 150 degrees in the car,” Stewart said. “It’s just safer to leave pets at home with shade and water.”
He said drivers should also check the water level in their radiator before leaving, to keep their vehicles cool on highways.
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for this afternoon through Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures in Elko are expected to reach from 99 to 104 degrees.