TIRE SAFETY TIPS
The importance of tires is often overlooked, especially by new drivers. However, tires are the only thing connecting you to the road, so keeping them in top shape is key. Learn these three key tire safety checks to help you stay safe on the road.
CHECK THE PRESSURE
Check your tire pressure once a month and prior to long trips.
- Better control for the vehicle
- Improves fuel consumption
- Helps prevent uneven wear
- Be sure to check air pressure when tires are cool (minimum three hours after driving)
- Find manufacturer's recommended air pressure located on the vehicle door jamb, glove box, fuel door or the owner's manual
NOTE: Tire pressure listed on tire sidewall is maximum pressure, not recommended pressure
- Remove valve cap
- Take the tire gauge and press firmly on valve stem
- If the reading is lower than the recommended level, add air and check again
- Over inflated? Push on the metal stem in the center of the valve with a fingernail or the tip of a pen to release air, and check again
- Once recommended pressure is reached, replace valve cap
CHECK THE TREAD
Check your tire tread depth once a month.
- Proper tread depth helps tires maintain traction and improves handling
- Helps prevent hydroplaning, which is when your car slides on a thin sheet of water
Insert the edge of a U.S. penny in the tire tread, with Lincoln’s head down
- If the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread
- If the top of his head is visible at any point, it is time to replace the tire
CHECK THE CONDITION
Check your tire's overall condition once a month.
- Damaged tires can shorten tire life and cause tire failure or air loss
Visually check for cuts, cracks, splits, punctures, and bulges
- If any of these conditions are spotted, or if you are doubtful about the condition of your tires, visit a dealer for a professional inspection
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