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Unsafe Tires On the Road

Josh Hoadley Josh Hoadley

They're on the road and putting you at risk...a local expert says your tires should be more of a priority than you might think.

It's warm one day and chilly the next and while you may not necessarily associate that with your tires, one expert says you should.

The condition of your tires will reflect what happens to you on the road. Expert Josh Hoadley says you should routinely check your tire gauge.

"Manufacturers build it into the tires so it's kind of like a warning sign of when you need to change your tires."

One pair of tires we saw today appeared to be fine from the outside but Hoadley says that is a common mistake.

"If you don't think about your tires, you could be putting your life or someone else's life in danger."

Hoadley says tires have the best traction when they are soft. When temperatures drop to 45 degrees they begin to harden and lose traction. But you don't have to run out and buy new tires.

He warns that snow tires should only be used if temperatures are routinely below four degrees.

And there is one thing Hoadley says that is guaranteed to keep you safer.

"The most important thing to think about when you're driving in bad weather is time...rain, snow, whatever it is take your time you know there's other people out there too. It doesn't matter is your tires are brand new or slick...whatever it's about time."

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