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Be prepared: Sun and heat wears down engines and tires

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Heat leaves some drivers stranded on Las Vegas roads

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- The Valley's triple-digit heat can wear down our bodies, but it can also be brutal on our cars.

From engines overheating, to blown out tires, it can happen in an instant and leave you stranded in sweltering temperatures.

"It is very scary to be on the side of the freeway, stuck on the side of the freeway," explained Travis Johnson with NDOT"s Freeway Service Patrol.

Johnson will get you out of a jam. "Our freeways our packed all day long. We run the whole 95. The whole 15," he explained.

It is a dangerous job. As cars whiz by Johnson, he watched the road late Wednesday afternoon as he changed Tiauna Hyde's tire.

"I felt it shaking a little bit and then you could smell it also. I just kind of drifted over to the side of the road," said Tiauna Hyde.

Hyde was stuck on the 95. "Definitely scary. Definitely scary," she said.

"I lost a tire and if it wasn't for this gentleman I'd be sitting here waiting," she continued.

When temperatures climb above the hundred degree mark, the number of people who need NDOT's help doubles.

The most common problem Johnson sees is blown out tires. "You can lose control," he said.

"I've personally see cars spin out on the freeway," he continued.

Prevention could save you from a heat-related headache on the road or at the repair shop. Johnson recommends that you check your tires and your fluids. Be sure to always have an emergency kit in your car.

If you do find yourself in trouble on the freeway, you can call *NHP for help. It's free and according to Johnson, most times a technician will show up to help you within 10 to 15 minutes.

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