No one ever really thinks about how important their car tires are. You drive around every day on four round rubber wheels that are responsible for you and your entire family. Beyond that, they are also responsible for everyone else on the road as well. If they crack or pop when worn down, disaster can happen. A blown tire can yank the steering wheel out of your hand before you have a second to react. It’s always best to pay attention on a regular basis to the condition of your tires. Those tires are between you and life and death. Your whole family rolls on those tires. Please maintain them. Here are the steps to maintaining your tires.
Tires lose about one pound per square inch of pressure per month under normal driving conditions. They can also lose one psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature. You can find the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure listed on the stickers inside of your door jamb or in your owner’s manual.
Do a monthly check of tire pressure. Check your tires when they are cold. Tires that are hot from driving will give an incorrect reading.
Rotate your tires regularly. A rotation cycle of every 5,000 miles is recommended. Front tires to the back, back tires to the front, back corner to front corner, both sides.
Look for obvious signs of wear. You should have no worn treads. Insert a penny into a tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace.
In the tire industry, they call these rules: Inflate, Rotate, Evaluate. They are good rules to follow.
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