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Written by Cpl. Ken Nelson   

Tips offered for a safe start to summer

Summer is just around the corner. Soon it will be time to head out camping, boating, tubing, water skiing and enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado. Before you head out on your well deserved vacation, there are a few things you should do to make your vacation less stressful.

I have been a state trooper for 16 years. In those 16 years, I have stopped on countless motorist assists involving blown out tires on boat trailers, travel trailers, motor homes and ATV trailers. We need to remember that the trailers and/or RVs have been sitting for almost a year or longer.

The sun is a real killer on the sidewalls of your tires. Before you head out with the family, take some time to check the following—you will be glad you did.

Check the tires. Make sure there are no weather cracks in the sidewalls and make sure they are inflated to the proper air pressure. A low tire will generate a lot of heat and the tire will be more likely to blow out causing a dangerous situation and delaying your vacation.

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Holyoke Enterprise May 15, 2014