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Don't ignore tire pressure this time of year

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An under inflated tire An under inflated tire
Josh McCullough Josh McCullough
Greg Brown Greg Brown
The penny test shows this tire is worn out. The penny test shows this tire is worn out.
A new tire has been installed on the rim and is being inflated. A new tire has been installed on the rim and is being inflated.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – To get the most out of your tires during this brutal winter you want to make sure you are properly tending to your car and pay attention to the warning signs.

If your car is a 2007 or newer, you've probably seen the low pressure warning light. It can be a bit of a nuisance this time of year when the temperatures are constantly changing, but tire experts say it's never a good idea to ignore it.

At Big O Tires in Jeffersonville, owner Josh McCullough said the most common problems he sees are a direct result of this rough winter.

"Whenever it rains or there is moisture it seems to wash the nails out like that out in the road and also as you are driving, if you happen to hit a pot hole, it can put a bend in your rim and make your tire go flat," said McCullough.

McCullough said having proper tire pressure is critical to safe driving.

"If your tires are inflated properly, it gives you more protection, it gives you more protection on the road, so if you have a lower inflated tire, you don't have as much protection between you and that pot hole or you and the road," said McCullough.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 250,000 accidents nationwide are caused by low tire pressure and it's such an easy fix.

"You can pull up get your air pressure set and away you go," said McCullough.

Greg Brown noticed his tires getting low losing about ten pounds of pressure every four or five days. He wanted to get it fixed before he was stranded.

"I've seen a lot of flat tires on the expressway and I don't want to be one of them," said Brown.

While some flats are unavoidable, McCullough said your chances only go up when you are driving on worn tires.

"You always want to watch your tread, you want better tread on your vehicle," said McCullough.

McCullough says an easy test is to grab a penny.

"Stick it face down into your tread," said McCullough, "and if the tread doesn't come up to Abraham Lincoln's head, it means your tire is officially worn out."

It's a clear sign it's time to get new tires so you can stay as safe as possible out on the roads.

If you aren't able to get new tires all at once, it's a good idea to keep your newer tires in the back. This will help keep the rear of the car from hydroplaning and fishtailing.

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