When choosing tires, buy smart. Select tires that meet your vehicle’s needs and buy tires that last at least 80,000 miles. Regular tire inspection is the key to extending the life of your tires. It will increase your vehicle’s performance, reduce harmful emissions, save you money and most importantly, keep your vehicle safe. Properly maintaining your tires is easy to do when you learn when and how to look for problems.
Follow these tips for proper tire care and safety:
- Get in the habit of checking your tires for any foreign matters in the tread that could cause potential leaks.
- Buy yourself a good tire gauge and check your tire pressure at least once a month.
- Rotate your tires regularly.
- Watch out for treadwear and replace worn tires.
- Have the wheel balance and alignment checked if you notice unusual tire wear such as vibration or vehicle pull.
- Check your tires before every long trip.
Tire Maintenance Checklist:
Underinflation may result in unnecessary tire stress, additional tire wear, shorter tire life, loss of vehicle control and potential accidents. Overinflation can lead to blowouts and uneven wear. Remember, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and still not appear to be flat. And, don’t forget to check the spare. Some spare tires require higher inflation pressure.
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Hitting a curb or pothole may cause the front end of your vehicle to be thrown out of alignment and damage your tires. Have your mechanic routinely check your vehicle to make sure your car is properly aligned.
Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles unless your owner’s manual indicates otherwise. Rotating your tires on a regular basis will help you achieve more even wear and will extend their useful life.
Check your tires regularly for uneven wear (unusual smooth areas) and other damage. Unusual wear will reduce tread ability on adverse road conditions.
If a pair of your tires have worn out faster than the others, ask your mechanic why this occurred while your vehicle is being serviced. It may have been caused if your tires were not rotated, if there was a problem with the alignment or by loose mechanical parts. If the problem is found, it can be fixed before damage occurs to your new tires. Ultimately, it is ideal for all four tires to wear out at the same time so they can be replaced as a set.
Practice Safe Driving Habits
Good driving habits will help keep your tires in great shape.
- Buckle up.
- Obey speed limits.
- Avoid fast starts, sudden stops and sharp turns.
- Try to avoid potholes and foreign objects on the road.
- Avoid hitting your tires against a curb when parking.
- Don’t overload your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual or vehicle tire information for the recommended maximum load for your vehicle.
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