Whether you’re hitting the road for a vacation, or just heading to work, keeping an eye on your tires can prevent dangerous accidents. AAA predicts more than 88 million Americans will take family vacations this year, and with this in mind, Discount Tire recommends five safety tips for any driver:
Check Your Tread – A tire’s tread depth can determine a vehicle’s safe stopping distance. You can check your tread depth by sticking a penny upside-down in a tread groove. If you can see President Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
Ensure Proper Tire Pressure – Low tire pressure can lead to poor handling and gas mileage, excessive wear and decreased steering and braking control. Drivers should check their tire pressure at least once a month, and especially before any long trip. Use a dependable air gauge or stop by any Discount Tire location to take advantage of complementary air checks.
Rotate Often – Tires should be rotated at least every 6,000 miles or earlier if irregular or uneven wear develops.
Inspect Your Trunk – Some new vehicles no longer come equipped with a spare tire, opting instead for tire inflation kits that feature puncture coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check your trunk to see what your vehicle contains and make sure you have a plan to deal with any flat tires.
Don’t Overload – The combination of heat and overloading a vehicle is one of the most dangerous conditions for a vehicle’s tires as overloaded tires can overheat and potentially fail.
Source: Discount Tire, AAA