Four Basic Elements of Tire Care: Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread
According to a 2010 Rubber Manufacturers Association study, 55 percent of vehicles have at least one underinflated tire, so chances are your vehicle tires could use some air.
It's crucial to your safety – and the safety of those around you – to have properly inflated tires. High temperatures can take a toll on your tires, especially if they are underinflated. Inflating your vehicle's tires will help eliminate possible tire failure. Plus, having your vehicle tires inflated properly will provide a more fuel efficient vehicle and a smoother, more enjoyable ride on hot, humid days.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association operates a national education program, Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART, to raise awareness about the importance of tire maintenance. PART is an acronym that stands for Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread – the four basic elements of tire care.
- Pressure – Check tire pressure every month and before long trips. Check tires when cold -- before you drive. Use the correct inflation pressure that is found on a label on the driver's door or check the owner's manual.
- Alignment – Misaligned wheels can cause premature tire wear. Have alignment checked periodically or if you notice your vehicle "pulling" to the left or right. Hitting a pothole or curb could affect your wheel alignment.
- Rotation – Rotate tires every 5,000-8,000 miles or check your owner's manual for a specific interval. Rotation helps tires wear evenly.
- Tread – Inspect tread for damage every month when checking tire pressure. To ensure sufficient tread depth, do the penny test. Take a penny, insert upside down into tread groove. If you see all of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires.
It only takes a few minutes to check your tires, so do your PART to help keep your tires in proper working condition.
SOURCE: Rubber Manufacturers Association