09 Apr Tire Safety Review
Tire Safety Review
What are the most important safety tips you’ve learned over the past few weeks to protect the life of your tires? P. A. R. T., right? Who remembers what that stands for?
P – Pressure – Check your tire pressure regularly; use an air pressure gauge to do this. You won’t get anything out of kicking a tire except a sore toe.
A– Alignment – Keep your vehicle alignment in check. Misalignment of the steering and suspension can cause rapid and uneven wear on your tires.
R – Rotate – Tires should be rotated every 5-6000 miles or as directed by the vehicle owner’s guide.
T – Tread – Tread should be checked for uneven wear, which could be a sign of improper inflation or misalignment. You should also check the tread depth which should be no less than 2/32 in general and 4/32 on steer tires for big trucks.
Don’t let the “BANG!…whoosh…flap…flap…flap” of a blown tire absolutely ruin your day. If you follow all the important tips you have learned about tire safety over the past few weeks, you drastically reduce the chance of ever having to experience a blow out.
It’s getting warmer every day. Warmer temperatures mean warmer roads and that means your tires will heat up even faster. Make sure you monitor the air-pressure and tread depth of your tires regularly, while paying close attention to the overall condition of each tire separately. Ensure you are getting regular rotation and alignment checks.
And don’t forget…… the other “bad ideas” for your tires. Don’t overload your tires; watch out for potholes and other types of hard impact to help increase the life of your tires.