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AAA warning drivers to check the tread on their tires

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Summer showers make for hazardous driving conditions and now new research has AAA warning drivers to check the tread on their tires.

Dave Skaien said even though some tires might look like they're in great shape, they could be putting drivers at risk. Too little tread poses a big danger.

"They will not brake nearly as well,” Skaien said.

AAA said that’s especially true on wet roads.

Research revealed driving on worn tires increased the average stopping distance by 43 percent, or more than 80 feet.

"More than the length of a full-length semi-truck,” Skaien said.

Skaien recommends drivers check their tires at least once a month, and said placing a quarter upside down in the tread will show if it's at a safe level.

In a new tire, the tread should cover the top of Washington’s head.

In an older tire, if you put the quarter in the groove and you can see the top of Washington's head, you know it's time to replace the tire.

AAA stresses when it comes to replacing your tires, consumers should keep in mind a higher price doesn’t necessarily mean better performance.

They suggest drivers do their research, check tire ratings, and consumer reviews before making a purchase.

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