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Tire Safety in Winter Storm

By Tracy Clemons – bio|email

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA)- Checking tire pressure and thread are two of the biggest ways to make sure your tires are safe to drive on in the snow, and even when the roads are dry.

Michael Alvarez is the sales manager at Just Tires in Bossier City. He says it's important to check the pressure in your tires regularly, but especially when it's this cold out.

"You lose a lot of air pressure when it's really cold. It just evaporates out of your tire. You always want to go at least a couple of decimals above during the winter," says Alvarez.

He also recommends having a thread gauge handy. If you don't have a thread gauge to check your tires with, you can always use a coin. If you can't see the letters, then the tire is ok. If you can see the letters, then the tire is not ok.

KSLA News 12's Storm Tracker Steve predicts the snow to start falling in the Shreveport area around midnight. He has this advice for drivers: "If you think your tires are iffy...if your tires are bald, you have no traction out on that stuff. And again, assume everything on the ground is frozen, and now you have no tread. You're a sled without a steering wheel. It's just not a good idea."

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