HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Summer travel season is here and that means many of you are hitting the road. But before you leave for vacation, you might want to make sure your tires are ready for that road trip too.
Perry County Tire General Manager Cory Sabo tells WYMT there are simple steps every driver can take to keep their vehicles safe.
"Pretty much you have got to do maintenance. It is like your body and going to the doctor, you know? You have got to put some effort into it if you want to keep it maintained," said Sabo.
The most important maintenance tip? Sabo said it is proper tire pressure. He added having too much air or not enough in your tires can spell trouble.
"If somebody wants to know, we will take them out in the shop and show them," said Sabo.
Experts advise that folks can check their tire pressure from home. All you need to do is stick a penny in the tire tread. We are told if you can see all of Abraham Lincoln's head, it is probably time to get them checked out.
"Different road conditions can affect that but if you neglect the tires, it will really show. If you do not check air pressure, if you run them low, if you run them over-inflated," said Sabo.
We have all seen them on the side of the road, the messy leftovers of a blown out tire.
In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates Americans put almost three billion miles on their tires per year. The data shows that results in about 11,000 tire-related crashes in that same time period. Of those, about 200 are fatal.
Sabo said having your tires rotated regularly can also cut your risk for an accident significantly.