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Tire blowouts happen more in summer months

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

There's one big reason why blow outs tend to happen more often in the summer....the heat!

Several car experts say once temperatures hit 90 degrees, blow outs become more and more common.   Joe Northern found that out the hard way.  He says just when it was starting to get hot outside, the heat took its toll on his tires.

"It was just a typical day, tires were good and ready to go to work," explained Joe. "Then I got about one mile from work and I hear this big pop. I didn't think much of it and just kept on driving and when I finally parked I see my tire, it's just completely shot down. It's just gone."

There are two things you need to check on your tires today to make sure you don't get a blow out. 

First, check the pressure and secondly, check the tread.  Look on the side of your tire for the ideal pressure of your tire.  Experts say the lower your tire pressure the hotter it will get.  That will give you a better chance to have blow out. 

Then, put your tire to the penny test, if you can see any of Abraham Lincoln's head when you stick the penny in the tread you need new tires.

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