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How safe are your tires?

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Driving around on worn-out tires can lead to accidents, making it dangerous both for you and other people on the road.

To find out just how important tire safety is, we spoke to Ritchie Perkins, the owner of Bullocks Auto Repair in Jackson, Mississippi.

"That's the only thing between you and the road," Perkins said.

When it comes to your tires, Perkins said it's important to monitor your tire pressure and tread. Typically, cars should contain a tire pressure of 35 PSI and trucks need to have about 40 PSI.

You can check how much air your tires need by looking on the tire or inside your driver door. 

Perkins suggests filling your tires up to about 80 percent of the maximum pressure.

Checking the pressure on your tires is extremely easy and you can do it simply on your own by using a tire pressure gauge.

In addition to checking your tire pressure, you also want to monitor your tread. A deeper tread typically means a better tire.

"Make sure you look at the inside and the outside, not just the middle. The middle may look good, but the inside or outside may be worn," Perkins said.

You should check your tire tread and pressure at least once a month.

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