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NDOT offers warm weather driving tips

According to NDOT’s Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Director Cameron Crowell, during the summer flat tires and overheated cars happen frequently on Nevada highways.
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 9:44 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - While many people associate risks on the road with the winter weather, NDOT said there’s still danger during warmer temperatures. According to NDOT’s Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Director Cameron Crowell, during the summer flat tires and overheated cars happen frequently on Nevada highways.

“During the summer what’s different in the winter is carry water, it does two things for you, basically the water, if you are stranded somewhere you can drink the water.” He continued, “Or if you need to top off your cooling system you can use the water to fill it up.”

Crowell added, “Tires are very important as well because of the friction out there. When you have a low tire there is more friction so it can blow out, make sure the tire pressures are up to what the manufacturer says.”

He said its important to make sure your car is in good driving condition not just in the winter, but summer too. “People tend to forget, and they don’t know what to do when they are out stranded in the middle of nowhere or on the freeway.”

Crowell added, “Especially with all the things happening now, people are off work, they are not going to the service stations anymore, they are not driving their cars as much, but as we start to drive more and more they are not getting all these things checked out.”

NDOT said during warmer temperatures there are more motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Drivers should watch for each other and share the road responsibly.

NDOT’s Warm Weather Driving Tips

  • Check tire pressure and tread. Colder winter temperature can reduce tire pressure, potentially leading to increased wear and poor handling. As warmer weather arrives, make sure your vehicle tires are properly inflated to manufacturer recommendations, which can also enhance fuel efficiency.
  • Check vehicle lights, including headlights, brake lights, back-up lights, tail lights, parking lights and turn signals.
  • Check windshield wipers. Be ready for summer showers by checking and replacing wiper blades if needed.
  • Check vehicle brakes, filters, oil and all other fluid levels, hoses and belts.
  • Check vehicle battery and cables.
  • Check vehicle air conditioning.
  • Pack an extra bottle of drinking water. It can provide hydration and can be used for cooling down an overheated engine, washing hands after any urgent roadside vehicle repairs and more.
  • Be familiar with your vehicle’s spare tire and tire repair accessories. Some new vehicles no longer come with a spare tire as standard equipment.
  • Share the road. Warmer weather brings more motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians to Nevada roads. Everyone should watch for each other and share the road.
  • Slow down during rains. Infrequent summer rains can produce exceptionally slippery roads due to oil and other leaked fluids on roadway surfaces mixing with rainwater.

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