All week Missouri Department of Transportation crews have responded to overheated vehicles on interstates across the metro.


The unrelenting sun is is debilitating vehicles.

Virak Um works for MoDOT’s emergency response. He said motorist assist recently responded to a stranded woman with a new baby.

“We helped her out. We stayed with her until the tow truck got there,” Um said.

New cars, old cars, foreign or domestic, Um responds to all makes and models.

“I see them up and down the highways all the time. They do a great job,” said Gordon Irwin.

Irwin said he left the auction house to deliver a Sienna to its new owner. The problem is the temperature gauge doesn’t work.

 “I had to use my nose to see if it overheated and sure enough, I started smelling something warm so I just coasted over here,” Irwin said.

Experts recommend checking the engine coolant and other fluids, plus tire pressure to help you avoid being stranded on the side of the road.