LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) – Nevada troopers say it’s been nonstop lately; five deadly crashes already on local highways in one week.
Some of the accidents were the result of driver error, but others, including this latest crash near the Rancho onramp at U.S. 95, may have been preventable.
"When the left rear tire had a tread separation, the driver lost control of the vehicle and began to travel to the right,”” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.
The SUV spun and flipped, until ultimately it slammed into a concrete barrier.
Troopers say these types of crashes increase as we approach summer because of a sometimes deadly combination: worn tires and excessive heat on the roadway.
"When you have that combination of heat, especially on tires, that the air pressure hasn't been checked in a vehicle, it puts a lot of stress,” Hixson said.
Tire experts agree. At the Discount Tire store on Sahara and Torrey Pines, workers say business typically doubles during the hot months.
Manager Aaron Smith says regular tire maintenance should not be overlooked, especially in Nevada where conditions are extreme.
Troopers urge all Nevada drivers to take a good look at their tires. Have the pressure and tread wear checked by an expert because it could save your life.
If you have a tire gauge, you can at least check the pressure in your own tires. If you aren't sure where they're supposed to be, there's a sticker inside your car door that tells you exactly where you should be.
The guys out at discount tire say tire pressures can fluctuate by as much as 3 or 4 pounds during the hotter months.