Check your tires to stay safe

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The unforgiving heat during Tucson summers can dangerously wear out tires. Keeping an eye on tires could save a life.

Data shows that crashes caused by tire problems contribute to 195 deaths a year.

A new national survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association found many drivers do not know how to safely check their tires. More than half of drivers do not know where to find the correct inflation pressure.

The first place to locate the correct tire pressure is on the driver-side door or in the owner's manual.

Drivers should check tires while they are cold, meaning before driving or after sitting for at least three hours.

Check the tire tread, stick an upside down quarter into a tire tread, if all of Washington's head is seen, the tire is bald and needs to be replaced.

For more information on these tips and others to keep your vehicle safe, go to www.tucsonnewsnow.com

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