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Las Vegas neighbors 'tire'd of road debris and flats

Posted at 11:28 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 02:28:13-04

Several Las Vegas neighbors are trying to figure out why they’ve all had a rash of flat tires in their neighborhood over the past few weeks.

Many are pointing to construction sites throughout the Mountain’s Edge area for screws and nails that have punctured their tires.

One woman telling 13 Action News she’s had three flat tires in one week.

Her neighbor saying she’s waiting for payday to replace the most recent flat, driving for the past three days on her spare.

"I could hear it and I watched the pressure go down, down down," Tish Buckmaster said.

Buckmaster she already spent $500 in the last month when she found a screw in one of her back tires.

This as her wife also had a flat earlier in the week.

Employees at the Ted Wiens said they have seen a large number of people coming in with flat tires recently.

Estimating it is between three and ten vehicles at their location alone.

"Lately it seems like everybody has been complaining about construction, and they've been getting a lot of them," Josh Dotson said.

When it comes to preventing the punctures, unfortunately there may not be much you can do, because the screws, nails and other small metal objects aren’t typically visible as you drive down the road.

The only thing that may help is avoiding the shoulder and gutters where those types of items tend to settle, but even that is not a guarantee.

You may be able to save yourself some money by looking into road hazard warranties at your local tire shop.