Summer Heat Causing Flat Tires for North Texans

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    Things you can expect to see while driving in North Texas this summer include more construction, more law enforcement patrols and more stranded motorists changing a flat tire.

    Things you can expect to see while driving in North Texas this summer include more construction, more law enforcement patrols and more stranded motorists changing a flat tire.

    Arlington driver Arash Ghoreyshi's trip home from the airport was ruined Friday evening by a flat tire on State Highway 360.

    "It really sucks. It's, like, hot! I was wearing a long-sleeve shirt, because I was coming from Seattle," said Ghoreyshi.

    It was close to 100 degrees outside, and experts say that heat is partly to blame for the uptick in flats.

    According to AAA, hot weather causes the air inside tires to expand, and that could lead to a rupture.

    "If you have tires that aren't really good, and you don't always keep the air pressure checked in them, anything you run over in the road pretty much gives you a flat or a blowout," according to Dallas County Courtesy Patrol Officer Rickey Randall.

    The crew spends the hottest hours of the day outside, helping stranded motorists.

    "It's hot. We drink plenty of water," added Randall.

    Summer is one of the crew's busiest seasons, right behind ice storms.

    Randall suggests checking your tire pressure frequently, as well as your tire tread. And he said pay special attention to avoid debris in construction zones.