With so much riding on your vehicle's tires, for safety's sake, it's absolutely critical to ensure that your tires are properly maintained. After all, tire maintenance and tire safety go together like, well, they go together like firm tread on a flat road. So here are three simple things you can do to keep your tires in good shape so that they will do the same for you: At least once a month, monitor your tires' air pressure, check the tread depth and visually inspect the tread and sidewalls.
If your tire tread can't pass the penny test, or if there are cracks on the sidewall, indications of uneven wear or other telltale signs that your tires are past their prime, then it's time to go tire shopping. Before you set out, here are some tips.
1. First things first: know the basics. Before you shop, check your vehicle manufacturer's tire specifications, which give recommended tire size and type. These can be found in your owner’s manual or on the car’s information placard (located on the side of the driver’s door. And if you want more information on your passenger car tires, for a quick primer on understanding the code printed on their sidewalls, go here: ...[more]
If you like to pinch pennies, with the penny tire test, it takes just one penny to check the tread depth on your tires and decide if they need to be replaced.
With the front side of a Lincoln penny facing you, put the penny upside down in your tread. If you can't see Lincoln's hair (i.e., the tread is covering it), your tread is deep enough. (That means you have more than 2/32" of tread depth, which is the minimum for safe driving.)
If you can see part of Lincoln's hair, start thinking about new tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head or above, Honest Abe is telling you, "Replace those tires, now!"
Tire tread should be checked because if it’s worn down, then the tread can't do its job, whic ...[more]
No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in the blazing summer sun changing a flat – especially on vacation. So make sure your tires are inflated to the appropriate pressure. This means keeping your tires at the pressure recommended by the manufacturer (check your vehicle’s owner manual for this information), not to the maximum pressure found on the tire's sidewall.
Having over-inflated tires can be dangerous in the summer heat. Tire pressure typically goes up about one pound per square inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit that the temperature rises. Friction also causes tires to get hotter as they roll.
So if you go for a long road trip on a sizzling summer afternoon with your tires at maximum inflation, it could be a ...[more]