August 5, 2015

4 Tips for Tire Safety

If you haven’t checked your tires in a while, now might be the time. Uneven roads, accumulated debris and drastic changes in temperature can all affect their integrity. Routine tire maintenance will not only help you get the most out of your tires, but it will help keep you safe on the road as well. Here are a few quick maintenance tips to make sure your tires are in tip-top shape.

1. Alignment

Changes in weather can damage the roads by forming large potholes that can easily cause your front end to become unaligned. Alignment is vital to proper handling, so if your car seems like it’s pulling to the left or right, take it to your local garage for a wheel alignment.

2. Inflation

As a general rule, tire pressure drops about one pound per square inch for every 10-degree decrease in temperature, so it’s safe to say that you need to keep a close eye on your tire pressure. Cars with properly inflated tires have better handling, better braking response time, improved fuel economy, longer tire life and as a result, are safer to drive. Check the owner’s manual of your car to find the appropriate PSI for your tires and use a pressure gauge for an accurate reading.

3. Rotation

Rotating your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles will help maximize their effectiveness and longevity by ensuring the tires wear evenly over time. Regularly rotating your tires will also alert you to any abnormal wear patterns, which could indicate other issues with the car.

4. Tread

When your tire treads are worn, your car may not respond as well as it should. Adverse weather conditions, no matter the season, can become even more dangerous without proper tread on your tires to better grip the road.

There’s an easy test to make sure your tires have enough tread. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If part of the head is covered, your tire has enough tread, but if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Read More: You and Your Car – A Guide to Driving Safety

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