Driving through Idaho this weekend?  Whether you're here for solar eclipse or traveling locally, here's what you need to know to avoid the delays.    No kidding, the Idaho Transportation Department is advising anyone planning to travel this weekend to be prepared for emergencies or delays.  Most experts believe the roads will be congested with visitors from all over the country.

ITD wants you to be aware that your vehicles are well maintained and in good working order.  Drivers should insure their tire pressure is checked, battery is good, and headlights and brakes are in good working order.

Travelers should carry emergency flares, signs to alert drivers for emergency breakdowns, food, water, clothing, blankets, a flashlight with batteries charged, a cell phone charged, and a map of Idaho roads and highways.

The transportation department's 511 web page and mobile app will alert drivers to delays on the state’s highways. However, those planning to use the app on their smart phones or check web pages likely will not have cell service in remote or mountainous areas in Idaho.

When possible, travelers are encouraged to return home on Tuesday, Aug. 22, or later in the week. This will reduce the number of vehicles on highways that are returning home Monday afternoon.


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