Summer tire safety tips

Summer tire safety tips

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Summer is in full swing and many drivers will be hitting the roads for their vacation destinations. But are their tires as ready as they are to hit the roadways? Nissan Product Safety Manager, Sarah Cardinali said there is a lot that people can do to make sure they're driving safe on their tires.

"You always want to visually inspect your tire. Make sure there's not odd tread wear, no obvious signs of damage to the vehicle. Also, take a look to the loading that you're doing to your tire," Cardinali said.

Often, people will load up their cars with camping or boating gear for their vacation. Cardinali said you want to make sure you've checked your vehicle and your tire's weight rating so you don't exceed it.

"I always make sure that I check the tires and the pressure are all good and that they're not all bald and falling apart," Amanda Woods of Gun Barrel City, TX said.

Another tip is to make sure you're rotating your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles.

"Make sure that we have the necessary safety gear like jumper cables or a gas can and automatic tire inflation," Dwaymon Baysinger of Henrietta, TX said.

When it comes to checking your tire pressure, it varies by vehicle. You can find the proper pressure on the door jam on the inside of the driver's side of the vehicle. Following these easy steps can make for a smooth and safe summer vacation.

"Just be aware and make sure you've taken the correct steps in order to help make your travel as safe as possible," Cardinali said.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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