Road service company sees increase in calls in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Have you had a flat tire this year? You’re not alone. Employees at Pop-A-Lock, a local road service company, say they are seeing a sharp increase in calls across all areas this year.
The CEO of Pop-A-Lock estimates that the number of calls has increased by 50%. This includes dead batteries, people locking themselves out of the car or accidentally locking loved ones in the car.
In October 2020, the company treated around 900 punctures. This year, officials say that number has nearly doubled to 1,700.
AAA says it receives 68-78 calls per day for flat tires in Las Vegas, which is an increase from 2019-2020, but not significant.
The reason for the increase is a mix of things: more people on the road after staying home during the pandemic, more people moving to Las Vegas and into construction.
Whatever the reason, if you end up with a dead battery or a flat tire, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
“A lot of people, when they have an apartment, panic and stop in the middle of the road. The best thing they can do is pull away, even if they have to roll on the rim a bit. Just be in a safe place, ”said Ikaika Pladera, Locksmith Manager at Pop-A-Lock.
Pladera says if you can avoid using the factory jack that’s already in your car. He says many of them are not very strong or stable, and technicians have seen them fail, causing cars to crash onto people’s arms or legs.
You can find a more heavy-duty jack in places like Harbor Freight for around $ 60.
When changing a tire, always apply the emergency brake and block the tires with rocks or blocks to prevent the vehicle from rolling.