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Tire tips for safe Memorial Day travel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As summertime gets here, more and more people will be hitting the roadway. Car-care experts say before you do, make sure that your tires are good for a long trek.

Experts say that a good way to see if the tread on your tires is low is to still use the old-fashioned penny test.

Take a penny and put it in multiple groups of the tread at a time. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tires need to be replaced. 

"If the cord is showing, they need to be replaced," said David Shrout, assistant manager at Big Chief Tire. "They need to come off, it's a dangerous situation."

A tractor-trailer carrying produce lost control Saturday because of bad tread on the tires. The truck ended up in the woods and it took about an hour to get the driver out. 

"People can check things like tread level and tire pressure on their own, but should still make sure to have their tires rotated and alignment checked regularly," said Shrout. "The most important thing nowadays is that the better tires be on the rear of your vehicle. For traction, for handling, everything. You've got to have the best tires on the rear."

Tire experts also recommend that when you bring your car in to be looked at that you take it to a reputable service center to avoid any issues.