LAS VEGAS - Extremely high temperatures can cause a host of problems – especially with vehicles. When it gets hot outside, the number of car accidents goes up, and drivers might not be at fault.
8 News NOW followed the Nevada Department of Transportation's Freeway Service Patrol as it responded to emergency calls Thursday. In addition to assisting stranded drivers, crews pulled shredded tires off the road.
Freeway Service Patrol Officer Steven Doss says he helps approximately 20 people a day. That number increases when it gets hot outside, because more vehicles overheat and breakdown. High temperatures can also cause tire blowouts which lead to accidents.
"We see all of the tread all over the freeway itself," he said. "That's just due to the rubber itself drying out, and eventually it will heat up. The belt itself will begin separating the tire on its own, and that's when you'll see it on the side of the road."
Drivers can avoid these problems by getting their vehicles checked regularly by mechanics.
If you do have problems and/or a breakdown on the freeway, pull over to the far right, call the Nevada Highway Patrol dispatch at *NHP and wait for help to arrive.
NHP officials say you should not get out of your vehicle and work on it on the highway, because a bad driver could hit you.