Remembering Tire Safety in the Summer Heat - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/03

Remembering Tire Safety in the Summer Heat

Experts warn that extreme heat like the area has had lately poses a danger to tires. As a matter of fact, they say heat and pressure can make tires fall apart.

Summer is almost over, but the high temperatures seem to be sticking around. And that makes your tires more susceptible to a blow out. When your driving your tires create heat, so when the temperatures are high, the asphalt is even hotter, challenging your tires.

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Heat is absolutely the number one killer of tires, especially in the hot summertime like we have right now. "It goes without saying that you should check the air pressure in your tires and we'd like to say at least monthly", David Woody, of Woody Tire Company said.

David Woody says constant maintenance is important. Extreme heat can cause your tires to loose air faster, so check the air pressure. It varies for different cars.

You also need to get your tires rotated and balanced regularly, about every other oil change... but more often than that if you've been on road trips this summer.

One other thing to keep in mind is your tire tread. Tread that is too thin can definitely cause a blow out. You can do a simple test yourself with a penny. Just put the penny between two grooves and if Abraham Lincoln's face is partly covered with tread, your in good shape. But if you can see all of Abe's head, it's time to replace the tire. Because that means your tread is too thin, which can also cause problems on the road.

Just a few tips to keep you and other drivers safe on the road.

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