4 Tire Safety Tips Every Driver Needs to Know
It’s happened to every driver at some point: You’re driving along when you notice that your steering isn’t as smooth as it was. Maybe your tire blows completely, or you’re just driving the rest of the way home on a really squishy low tire.
Either way, keeping your tires in great condition is important to always staying safe when you’re on the road.
To protect your tires – and yourself – here are 4 tire safety tips every driver needs to know:
Rotating your tires helps them wear more evenly, leaving you less likely to have a wobbly, unsafe ride.
You should plan to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, or every other oil change. Many shops that do oil changes automatically offer tire rotation, so it’s an easy thing to tack onto your regular service.
Another tip: Many shops offer free rotation if you purchased your tires with them, so keep track of where you buy tires to save some money down the line.
Tires should be rotated front to back unless there’s a reason to rotate them in a different pattern.
When you get new tires, always purchase them at least two – if not all four – at a time to avoid having one brand-new tire and three older tires.
If you’re only getting two new tires, put the new tires on the back axle and move the older tires to the front.
Newer tires have better treads and better traction, so you’ll have better control on wet or icy roads if your new tires are on the back.
Check Your Pressure
Keep your tire pressure at the level recommended in your car’s manufacturer’s manual.
Low tire pressure can decrease their ability to grip the road in less-than-ideal conditions, and a tire with too high pressure is under unnecessary stress and can wear out more quickly. Check your tire pressure once a month or before you head out for a long road trip.
Tires are more likely to lose pressure naturally in cold weather, so check your tires frequently in the winter. Inflate them if necessary until they’re within the recommended range.
Tip: If you don’t have your car’s owner’s manual, check the inside of your car’s door. The recommended tire pressure should be listed there.
Look for Lincoln
Tread depth is another item you need to check regularly.
Lower tread depth means decreased grip, which means your tires are less safe.
Many shops check tread depth when you get a tire rotation or an oil change, but you can also check it yourself at home if you’re between recommended service.
Insert a penny into your tread with Lincoln’s head going into the groove. If you can see his entire head, then it’s time for new tires.
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