Heat can have a deadly affect on your tires

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Well, if this record heat isn't already dangerous enough, the role it plays on your tires can be deadly.

Christ-l Brown, the manager of Jimmy Brown's Brake and Tire, said fixing flats and replacing tires has become an hourly occurrence. She said what usually are small issues on a tire are now becoming major problems when you toss into his record breaking heat.

Brown said drivers should pay closer attention to their tires in hotter months. She recommends looking for "weather cracks" along the tread and sidewalls of your tires.

"These cracks develop when the heat causes the air pressure in tires to increase. You can avoid this issue by keeping your tires right at or just under the recommended pressure. Otherwise the cracks can turn into tears causing a blowout," Brown said. 

She advises drivers to look at the center of the tread to see if looks warn. If it does, that means you have too much pressure in your tires.

Brown also said that keeping up with routine maintenance such as rotating your tires and keeping your wheels aligned can keep you from having a blowout while you're on the road this summer.

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