Aging Cars On The Increase,So Are Roadside Breakdowns

The Freeway Service Patrol has been working the roadways in Nevada since 1997.

They’ve been operating in Reno from 2002.

They can respond to accidents, breakdowns, or help people with directions.

Freeway Service Patrol Driver Cameron Crowell has only been on shift for about five minutes and already finds himself helping a driver with his abandoned car.

As a certified mechanic he can trouble shoot and help get motorists on their way.

If he can't, a tow truck can be called in.

Sometimes it’s just checking on a driver who has pulled along side of the road.

“We’ll I was driving along and I dropped something and I stopped and pulled it up off the floor. I didn't want to pick it up while I was driving,” says Nick Dominguez, the driver,

Dominquez says he thought the lights behind him at first were cops.

Not the cops, but a roadside service contracted out by Nevada's Department of Transportation.

They get common calls, like blown out tires, empty gas tanks or broken belts.

“People are stretching the dollar as far as they can. That means they are going to get as much out a can of gas, and their tires as possible, and if you don't maintain these systems like the cooling systems that type of thing properly. It’s going to show up at the most inopportune time,” Clifton Mooney, the Reno Service Patrol Supervisor.

Mooney says the drivers are all certified mechanics and are trained as EMTS, hazardous spills and fire training is also part of their qualifications.

The idea is to clear these cars from the side of the road for safety as well as traffic flow reasons.

Driver's like Nick would add another--peace of mind.

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