During this extreme heat, you may have seen more and more shreds of rubber on the road. A lot of tires are blowing out under from the temperatures. T & W Tires Manager Carl Keener says they've been working non-stop for over a month fixing all kinds of tire problems. He says they've been seeing as many as 40 tires per day blown from the heat on RVs, trailers, trucks, passenger cars, and even forklift trucks. Keener says it's the weather cracks, air pressure, and tread depth that people need to look out for as we remain sitting in this miserable heat.
Keener says, "It's been one of our busiest summers in I don't know how long. The heat is what is affecting the tires. A lot of what people don't understand is whenever they go in their RV's or trailers to take off, a lot of their tires are weather cracking." He says a lot of people don't look for that. And when they get going with the road as hot as it is, the air inside will expand and cause the tires to blow out. Keener says the heat adds about five to 10 pounds causing the air pressure to expand. Some tires blow out even on RV trucks that have been sitting for a while. Keener says we can check our cars to prevent dangerous situations. He says, "On every door panel, on every vehicle, you just open the door. And then right in here (side of door), it'll show recommended pounds that each tire is suppose to have in it as far as front and rear both."
And for trucks and RVs, Keener says, "Look on the side wall (of the tire). It'll tell you the load range of each tire recommended to carry. It also tells the maximum air pressure that each tire is suppose to have in it." He says to take the amount and subtract about 10 pounds, and that's how much you'd need.
Keener adds the tires will blow quicker depending on the age of the tire. T&W tire experts say the main thing you should do is to check your tire's air pressure and the tread depth. And if you are going on long trips, make sure to stop once in a while to let the tires cool down. Vehicle Experts also say to check for weather cracks on the side of the tires on the beat areas.