Are you loving your vehicle’s tires? Tire safety should be a serious concern for all drivers. Data gathered has shown that annually approximately 900 people die and an estimated 29,000 people are injured in collisions caused by tire-related issues Fortunately, showing a little love and care to your tires does not take much effort and it can go a long way in preventing breakdowns or tire blowouts as you are traveling down the road.
While keeping tires in good condition is not difficult, knowing how to do so is not necessarily common knowledge. Many drivers do not know how to check tire tread properly . According to one survey, 62 percent of drivers do not know where to find the correct inflation pressure for their vehicle, and only 15 percent can accurately ascertain their tire inflation level.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has provided a quick tire safety checklist, which can aid you and to make sure that the next time you are on the road you avoid a blowout.
Tires need to be maintained at their proper tire pressure, especially during hot weather. To locate your vehicle’s optimum tire pressure consult your look owner’s manual or reference the label located in the frame of the driver side door. It is recommended that you check tire pressure once a month at a minimum, and don’t forget the spare.
The best time to check tire pressure is when tires are “cold,” in other words when it has been at least three hours since the tires have been driven on. It is a good idea to buy a tire gauge and store it in your vehicle and to check regularly that there are caps on all the tire valves.
Always be sure to check tire pressure before going on a long trip.
Be sure to inspect your tires for cracks, strange objects, uneven wear and any other signs of tire trauma and remove any objects that may be wedged in the tread. You can use a penny to check if your tires have the proper amount of tread remaining. To perform this simple test, place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing toward you. If the tire tread does not cover the top of Lincoln’s head, then it is time for new tires.
To prevent uneven wear and to increase the lifespan of your tires, rotate them in an X pattern. In the X pattern, the right rear tire is moved to the left front, and the remaining tires are shifted in a clockwise direction. Rotation should be performed approximately every 6,000 miles. This schedule is easy to maintain by having you tires rotated at every other oil change.
A precautionary action that will aid in avoiding tire damage is to have a tire dealer periodically check your vehicle’s alignment. Driving fast over potholes in the road or bumping the curb while driving or parking can cause your vehicle’s wheels and suspension to become misaligned which can lead to uneven tread wear.