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Searing heat puts a strain on your tires

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You're more likely to see evidence of tire failure along highways during the hot weather months. (KTEN) You're more likely to see evidence of tire failure along highways during the hot weather months. (KTEN)
Hot weather and pavement can put an extra strain on vehicle tires. (KTEN) Hot weather and pavement can put an extra strain on vehicle tires. (KTEN)

WHITESBORO, Texas -- Traveling at 70 miles per hour in temperatures exceeding 95 degrees can be a recipe for disaster on Texoma highways.

That's why it's important to check your tires before hitting the road for vacation.

"They get dried out," explained Steve Garner of Holiday Ford in Whitesboro. "The moisture gets sucked out of them. The hot weather melts the roads and things and is very hard on tires, also."

Those dry, brittle tires can lead to blowouts.

“You’ll see evidence of that by lots more tire debris on the middle of the road as you’re going down the highways and stuff today,” Garner said. 

That's why it's especially important to listen for any signs of tires making a loud noise or a "popping" sound.

"You’re also looking on the sides of the tires for any cracks," Garner said. "The sun and the heat will dry those tires out, so they can weather-crack.

Check your tire pressure periodically.  Low tire pressure can lead to serious problems.

"If your bead’s not sealed good around your wheel, or you’ve got any kind of crack in it at all, when it is very hot they will leak easier and more often,” Garner advised. “Going to have more rubber hitting the ground than you’re supposed to, which creates more heat on that tire. So: More dangerous, more heat, and more chance of that tire coming apart."

An easy way to ensure that your tire is in good shape is a tire rotation during your regular oil change.

“When the tire is off the vehicle, it’s easier to see the inside and the outside of the vehicle on the tires," Garner said. "Just rotating those tires moves the wear around to different areas."

Garner also said to make sure you keep your tires clean; that way it's easier to see any cracks or flaws in the rubber.

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