Tire trouble leads to danger

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Checked your tires lately? You might want to, because it could save your life.

In 2017 there were 738 traffic-related fatalities in tire-related crashes. That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It's recommended you have your tires checked annually and you have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

You should have at least an eighth of an inch of tread on your tires. All it takes to make sure is a simple check that can save a lot of problems.

“Even on a regular road surface, a bald tire is not able to grip on a curve or anything like that. Your stopping distance is increased. It’s just not safe to have. You can have blowouts, all sorts of nasty problems if you don't have proper tires,” said Trooper Lucas Johnson, Colorado State Patrol.

The best way to check is to take a quarter and stick it in the tread. If you can see the top of the President’s head, it’s time to get new tires.