It’s Tire Safety Week…do you know what it means to have good tires? The Rubber Manufacturer’s Association has created a consumer education program about what it means to keep your tires in good shape and keep you safe on the road. All it takes to keep your tires in good condition is to play your PART.
P is for pressure. It’s important to have the proper inflation pressure in your tires; under inflation can lead to tire failure. The right amount of inflation for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found in numerous places in and on your car; including the vehicle door edge or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Check inflation pressure a least once a month and before long trips.
A is for alignment. Misalignment of wheels in the front and rear can cause uneven and rapid treadwear. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual. Also have your tire balance checked occasionally. Whenever you experience “pulling” it’s time to get your alignment checked.
R is for rotation. Tire rotation can prevent irregular tire wear. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for rotation recommendations. If no period is specified it’s a good idea to have your tires rotated approximately every 5,000-8,000 miles.
T is for tread. Tires need to be replaced when the tread is worn down to 4/32 of an inch. As tires wear down traction and resistance to hydroplaning is reduced. To determine the tread on your vehicle use this easy test: place a quarter upside down into a tread groove. If part of Washington’s head is covered by the tread, then you are driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of George’s noggin you should buy new tires!
Proper tire care is not only important to avoid accidents and breakdowns it is also better for the environment and your wallet. Properly inflated tires promote better fuel economy and ultimately help you save money at the pump…up to 5 cents a gallon!
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