|As warm, dry weather settles into our state, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use extra care with their vehicles to reduce the chance of igniting a wildfire.
Motorists should take preventative measures to reduce the risk that a spark from a vehicle or trailer doesn’t result in dry vegetation catching fire. A few tips include:
- Dragging chains while something is being towed can cause sparks; Check and fasten the chains before starting your trip.
- Make sure nothing is hanging under your vehicle or dragging on the pavement.
- Check tire pressure before traveling. If a tire is with less air pressure, the tire can cause sparks.
- Do not park where there is tall grass since the heat from the bottom of the vehicle can cause a fire.
In some areas of the state, ADOT overhead message boards will carry wildfire safety reminders with some listing AM radio frequencies that offer more localized wildfire information.