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High Temperatures Increase Risk on the Road

With temperatures on the rise, truck drivers are at a greater risk of having a tire blowout.

“In the heat of the summer the tires can increase tire pressure as much as 20 psi,” David Miller the Day Service Manager at the Jolly Truck and Trailer Service.

This is why you see more tire treads on the side of the road during the summer time.

He said, “That's something that's just going to happen and when we see those big treads on the side of the road that is from retread tires.:

This can be dangerous for other drivers on the road.  Especially if a blowout happens right in front of you.

“You know, a good safe distance to any semi truck would be 100 feet,” Miller said.

He explained this gives drivers enough time to react to the situation.

“You just have to be cautious of your surroundings while you're driving around big trucks,” Miller said.

So, if you are passing a truck, he said you should pass it as quickly and as safely as possible.  If they are passing you, let them.

“They're required to drive the same as a passenger car,” he said, “The speed limit whether it be 65 or 75 on the interstate.”

However, many bigger companies will govern the trucks to 60 or 65 miles per hour.  One of the reasons why they do this is to save on fuel cost, but the main reason is for safety.  This is something that Miller and a truck driver we spoke to off camera said should be regulated.

“Every truck driver should have a pre-trip every morning,” he said.

This includes checking the tire pressure, the tread of the tire, and how old the tire is. 

“Once a tire gets four or five years old the side walls start to break down and you can have a blowout,” Miller said.

So, if something isn't right, fix it right away because it is not worth the risk.

Truck drivers aren't the only ones who should be checking their tires.  Everyone should.  So, do the same steps.  Check your tire pressure, the tread, and check how old it is.  It could save you from being stuck on the side of the road or in an accident later on.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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