Tucson emergency responders highlight tire maintenace

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- After Saturday's accident, first responders are warning motorists of a summer safety hazard, blown out tires.

High temperatures, high speeds, and poor vehicle maintenance can all lead to deadly accidents.

The car care experts at meineke are testing treads and reviewing rubber.

"You also want to look for any damange to the side walls," said Sheldon Stannard from Meineke

Sheldon Stannard says a routine once-over could prevent catastrophe on the highway.  First, check your tires for cracks.

"After about five or six years a tire dries out and the rubber can no longer flex like it's supposed to do so what happens is the tire can separate," said Stannard.

In a tire that's past its prime, you can often see the tiny cuts.  Issues like these may have led to Saturday's rollover on the I-10 in Marana.

"Tire blow outs are a very common occurrance they lead to a lot of injuries, fatalities, and it really all can be prevented," said Capt. Adam Goldberg from the Northwest Fire Dist.

Captain Adam Goldberg calls attention to the shredded tire on a wrecked van.  All six occupants were sent to the hospital with serious and even critical injuries, after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

"The safest thing to do without turning your vehicle is to try to slow the vehicle as soon as possible but as safe as possible," said Capt. Goldberg.

Determining the condition of your tires goes beyond obvious signs of wear and tear.  Meineke suggests measuring your tread.

"The tread depth on here is pretty good 8/32 is good, 12/32 is probably what a new tire would be at," said Stannard.

The summer heat can expand your tires.  So, Meineke recommends keeping your tire pressure a few pounds under the maximum weight, which is listed on the tire.

So what's the condition of your wheels?  Take a look, it could save your life.

To regulate the wear and tear on your tires, Meineke suggests rotating your tires every time you get an oil change.