Vehicle safety is ever-important, but it’s the viability of one particular component that often goes overlooked: the tires. These are literally where the rubber meets the road, and you should do what’s necessary to ensure the tires are in suitable shape. A new report out of Berlin, Connecticut offers tips on this very matter.
You first should be running monthly checks on your tires’ pressure. Not only do you get less out of your gas when your tires run low, but there’s also more of a chance that they’re going to rupture. Consulting your owner’s manual or the tire itself should enlighten you as to the proper pressure.
Tread depth also can be seen to by placing a penny into the tread head first. If there’s any space above Lincoln’s head visible, your tire has worn down too far and probably needs to be replaced. While you’re doing this, also make sure to give your tires a quick inspection, casting an eye toward finding cracks and other irregularities such as divots and bulges.
Finally, make sure you’re rotating your tires on a regular basis, at least once per 7,500 miles. The back and front tires don’t wear at equal degrees, and a simple rotation can ensure that wear gets distributed equally. If you have to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, perhaps consider rotating the tires every other change. That should be a handy way to remember.