Preparing your vehicle for triple-digit temperatures

Preparing your vehicle for triple-digit temperatures

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Jun 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's still spring on the calendar, but it already feels like the dog days of summer across Southern Nevada with near-record triple digit temperatures.

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect and it will stay in place through the weekend.

Excessive heat not only takes its toll on our bodies and clothing, it also creates plenty of problems for our vehicles. Engines overheat, batteries die and tires explode, leaving many stranded on the side of the road.

On Thursday, Savannah Myl's air conditioning was leaking and a tire blew, forcing her off the freeway, "That's never happened to me before and I know nothing about cars, so I was terrified."

If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, the Nevada Department of Transportation offers a Freeway Service Patrol, which many people call a lifesaver.

One motorist said within minutes, the FSP's Andrew Pavey was on scene, free of charge.

Their vans patrol seven days a week, on regular routes around the Valley, and take up to 50 calls a day. "We are set up pretty good. Different fluids, tools, extra gasoline, diesel fuel, even medical oxygen because we're EMTs also," explained Pavey.

Mechanic John Scaw knows about auto breakdowns all too well, "The older it gets, the dryer it gets, that's when that happens, that's when you'll have blowouts."

He said the heat takes its toll on cars, especially on tires and batteries. He urges all of his customers to service their cars often.

Once piece of advice from our expert mechanic: He said if you see signs to turn off the air conditioning, then turn off the AC. It's better to be hot while driving then have your car break down.