RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Record temperatures across our region are causing more cars to overheat and tires to blowout. The Nevada Department of Transportation said that during June, their Freeway Service Patrol assisted about 500 stranded motorists throughout the Reno area, an increase of 150 drivers that they normally help.
NDOT said the demand for service is happening because some drivers are not maintaining their vehicles like they should be doing over summer. News 4 spoke with experts who showed us how to make sure your car is summer ready. "Summertime, of course, is the time for travel and one of the biggest things we're dealing with is heat," said Clint Wells from Reno Vulcanizing.
Wells said now is a good time to get your car inspected. "Tire condition, you want to make sure all your fluid levels are up and clean, and your air cleaner is clean and your cabin air filter is clean."
Wells also said extreme heat can cause tire blowouts. "Heat is a big factor, if you got the proper tread depth and the proper air pressure, you should be fine."
So if you want to see if you do, Wells recommends checking tire pressure when it is cooler out. "It will adjust automatically as the heat increases during the day if you’re traveling. So leave the air pressure alone and check it again the next morning and if you find a disparity, it means that maybe you might have a leak in one of the tires."
With holiday travel underway, the Nevada Highway Patrol wants to remind us all to be prepared for a lot more cars on the roads. "The message we want to get out there is always travel safely, you want to give yourself time to get from point A to point B, do not follow too close to the vehicle in front of you."
Trooper Gibson also wants to remind drivers to be aware of a lot more motorcycles on the roads over summer.