ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com)-- Law enforcement on both sides of the river tell News 4 dangerously high temperatures are creating dangerous driving conditions with tire blow-outs on the rise.
Shredded, scattered, and stranded along mile after mile of bi-state roadway, many troubled tires have met their match on sun soaked pavement.
“It’s bad for tires and it’s bad for the entire vehicle,” said AAA’s Phil Linck “This black asphalt is probably 125 degrees. You add some more heat because the tires low on air pressure,” he added.
To show just how much the temperature outside and on the road can affect your tires temperature, News 4 did an experiment.
We drove our news truck and took the temperature of the tire. It clocked in at 126 degrees. We then tested a car’s tire that had not yet been driven, and the temperature was 113 degrees.
We checked the pavement and it registered at 140 degrees. This all proves how much the heat affects the ground’s temperature, which affects your tires temperature.
“Unfortunately, when those give way they kind of separate for a mile or so. They’ll blow all over,” said Linck.
Illinois state trooper Mike Link says tire tread-related accidents are up in the last several weeks.
“I think in the last couple days I’ve stopped just to get some tire tread out of the middle of the road,” he said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve been out behind a couple of cars and the first car will swerve and miss the tire tread. The second car was following so close they didn’t have time to react to the tire and they’ll just run right over it and cause damage to their vehicle. The big thing is keep a good following distance so you have time to react when you see that tire in the road.”
AAA says because of the mild winter, many people didn’t replace tires. Now worn, those tires are more susceptible to blow-outs.
Officials say to check you tire pressure when it’s cold or within the first three miles of driving.
In addition to checking your tire pressure regularly, officials also want people to make sure they aren’t traveling excessively on temporary spare tires.
If your tire blows, AAA recommends you pull off the road and stay in your vehicle. If you choose to get out before help arrives, it’s recommended you do so on the non-traffic side.