Beat the Traffic: HCTRA's Roadside Assistance workers see more flats in summer heat
Posted on July 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM
Thursday, Jul 14 at 3:18 PM
You know that driving in the heat can really beat up your car. No one knows that better than the workers who help stranded drivers on the roadways. The Patron Emergency Assistance Team provides roadside service for drivers on Harris County Toll Roads, and they say they have seen a sharp increase in the number of drivers needing car assistance in the extreme temperatures.
"I was right in the middle lane and all of a sudden boom!" Driver Joe Ewang explained. Ewang believes the heat contributed to the treat peeling away from his tires. Within five minutes of the incident, a PEAT crew showed up. "These guys are incredible," Ewang said.
PEAT Supervisor, Jared Garner describes what kinds of problems PEAT can address, "a flat tire, your vehicle needs a jump start, you ran out of gas, or you just pulled over on the side of the road to stand behind you while you change the baby's diaper or something." Right now this team is working harder than ever. "It's just a lot more dangerous because of the factor of it's a hundred plus degrees outside," he said. On the toll road, hot weather and increasing traffic are taking its toll. "We've noticed a large increase in flat tires due to the road heat," Garner explained.
Just ask Jerry Mogyorody. We came across his blowout --and two others-- in just one hour of patrolling with PEAT. "Well I was driving down the road and I had a blowout right here on the toll road," Driver Jerry Mogyorody said.
And if PEAT doesn't find you first, you can always call them. If you need help on the road the number is posted on signs on the Harris County Toll Roads, but you can also find it inside your car, it's on the back of your EZ Tag sticker. The number is 713-222-PEAT (7328).
The goal is to help folks with breakdowns and blowouts, so you can beat the traffic as quickly, and safely as possible. "We're out here mainly to make sure that everyone gets off the toll road the same way they get on the toll road," Garner said.