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Hot temperatures can put a strain on worn tires

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The hot weather can also have a drastic impact on your car's tires, causing blowouts.

While you can't make your car full-proof against blowouts, checking your tire tread is a good first step.

Take a penny, place it into the tread of the tire with Lincoln's head down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread is worn and it's time for new tires.

You'll also need to check your tire pressure. You can find the recommended PSI on your tire or on the driver door. It's best to check it in the morning, before your tires heat up and expand on the road.

One warning sign to be aware of is tire separation.

"If it is a faulty tire, where it starts to separate, you'll feel the car wobble," Jeff Carter, owner of Summy Tire, said. "Generally you'll feel it wobble when you're at low speeds, starting. And then it gets worse at the higher speeds."

Carter says the life span for tires is usually six to seven years.

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