TIRE SAFETY TIPS

Good Driving Habits
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Believe it or not, the way you drive can have a large influence on the life of your tires. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your tires:

Avoid sudden starts and stops

Stay within posted speed limits

Avoid potholes

Don't hit curbs

Do not overload your vehicle. Check your owner's manual to verify the maximum allowable weight for your vehicle

Always wear your seat belt!!




Checklist
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1. Check tire pressure at least once a month

2. Inspect the tires for:
              a. Uneven tread wear
              b. Cracks
              c. Foreign objects
              d. Bulges In the Sidewall or tread
              e. Other signs of wear and/or damage
              f. Remove foreign objects from the tread

3. Make sure that the tire valves have caps

4. Check the tire pressure before taking a long trip

5. Don't overload your vehicle

6. If you're towing a trailer

        • Some of the weight of the trailer will be transferred to the towing vehicle

7. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles


Tips and Suggestions
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1. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles

       • Keeping your tires rotated will ensure even tread wear and wilt maximize the life of your tires. Even tread wear will improve handling and braking performance.

2. Keep your tires balanced

      • Unbalanced tires will cause the tread to wear unevenly AND will cause other components of your vehicle, such as the suspension, to wear out as well.

3. Keep your car aligned properly

     • A vehicle that is out of alignment will cause the tires to wear out very quickly

4. Install matched tires when replacing old tires

     • Tires should be replaced in pairs or as a matched set. Installing different tires can have a significant influence on the handling, balance and braking performance of the vehicle,

5. Choose the right tires for your needs and environment



Resources
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
MSN Autos
General Tire and Info from SafeCar.gov