August 13, 2018
When a major project requires us to close a traffic lane, traffic from two lanes may have to merge into one lane. There are some different theories on the best merge tactics, but here, we like to embrace “Iowa Nice” which really boils down to working together to make the act of merging as safe as possible.
The old saying credited to Ben Franklin goes that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. As many of you know, we’re not short on planning around the Iowa DOT, but most of those plans are fairly specific related to a highway corridor, transportation mode, or focus area.
An example would be the development of the I-80 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) reports led by the Office of Location and Environment (https://iowadot.gov/interstatestudy). Those reports lay out a compelling case for the need to invest in the rural sections of I-80, and a vision for the future. They form a critical underpinning of our next steps, which is to take that vision and start to plan specific projects and timeframes.
Who doesn’t love the convenience and portability of food on a stick? Whether it’s a salad, corndog, pork chop, fried cheese, or a frozen chocolate-covered banana, portability is key for eating your way around the Iowa State Fair that begins later this week.
The convenience of arriving safely doesn't require a stick, but it does require a click – a click of your seat belt and the seat belts of everyone in the vehicle with you. Front seat or back, taking a couple of seconds to secure your belt will greatly decrease the chances you’ll be killed or seriously injured should you be involved in a crash.
National Heat Stroke Prevention Day is July 31. How many children do you think die every year because they were left in a hot car or were playing in a vehicle and got overheated? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 42 heat-related child deaths in vehicles in 2017. As of July 19, there have been 28 children who have died in hot cars in the U.S. so far in 2018. Every single one of these deaths is preventable.
A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's. When a child is left in a hot vehicle, that child's temperature can rise in a quick and deadly manner. Even in cooler temperatures, your vehicle can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. An outside temperature in the mid-60s can cause a vehicle’s inside temperature to rise above 110 degrees. The inside temperature of your car can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.