Summer heat and low tire pressure; a dangerous combination

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by Gary Harper, Warren Trent

azfamily.com

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 10:30 AM

PHOENIX -- The summer heat can be brutal on your car, particularly your tires. With that in mind, the National Highway Safety Administration sent out a notice warning motorists that hot weather coupled with under-inflated tires is a dangerous combination.

The agency says 11,000 crashes happen every year because tires are simply under-inflated.  Properly maintained tires improve steering, stopping and can also improve your gas mileage by 3.3 percent.

Howard Fleischmann, Sr. owns Community Tire Pros, and has been in the automotive business for more than 40 years.  He tells 3 On Your Side where you should look to find information about your vehicles' tire pressure. "You have to go to the door placard or to the owner’s manual, and that will tell you what pressure you should be using in that tire on your car," he says. "But you should never exceed the pressure that's on the side of the tire; that makes the tire unsafe."

For more information about preventing tire failure, the NHTSA offers safety tips on its website.

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