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3 factors to prepare for when driving in the desert

On Behalf of | Feb 25, 2022 | Personal Injury

Las Vegas is famous for its big lights and exciting atmosphere. People flock to it from areas all over the world, hoping to enjoy the city’s delights.

However, it is important to remember the dangers of the desert area where the city resides. Specifically, there are certain hazards drivers need to be aware of and ready for.

1. The heat

In the hottest part of July, Las Vegas temperatures may reach as high as over 100°F. Besides possibly causing heatstroke and dehydration, this heat may also force your car to strain harder, potentially leading to the premature death of parts like the battery. Under the sun, metal parts absorb heat fast, meaning it is easy for people to touch one without realizing the danger and burn themselves. To combat the problem of heat, keep plenty of water on hand. Park in the shade and open the windows if possible to allow the car to cool off before touching metal.

2. The wind

Windstorms are another concern. Do not continue to drive if one approaches since the decreased visibility may lead to an accident. Park the car off the road and wait for the storm to subside.

3. The wear

The temperature and dusty road may have an adverse effect on the life of your tires and breaks. Overheating may cause them to not operate properly, and the tires may lose pressure. Inspect vehicles regularly, checking the tire pressure before leaving on long trips.

The desert, like other terrains, has its risks for those on the road, but by taking precautions and knowing what to do in emergencies, people may continue to enjoy its pleasures while maintaining a level of safety.