Tips For Tire Safety

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    AAA shares simple ways to check your tires for damage, wear or any safety flaws.

    John Nielsen: Your tires are the only part of the car that has direct contact with the road, so safety is a top priority. Monthly inspection of your tires will improve both your safety as well as your automotive investment. Follow these simple steps to keep your tires in tip-top shape.

    Check your tires pressure at least once a month when the tires are cold and don't forgot the spare. While checking the air pressure, inspect the tire's tread and sidewall for signs of wear or damage and be sure to look for any foreign objects that maybe stuck in the tire tread.

    Having sufficient tread on your tire is important to maintain traction and shed water. So, to measure tire tread, use a depth gauge or a small ruler that has 1/16" graduations, measure the outer, the centre and the inside edge. Uneven readings indicate improper tire inflation or the need for wheel alignment.

    At 330 seconds of an inch, it's time to shop for new tires. Or you can take care of tire inspections properly trained and equipped service personnel should perform some tire maintenance. It's essential to rotate your vehicle's tire every 6,000 miles to prevent uneven wear.

    Have a vehicle alignment every 12,000 miles or whenever you get your tires serviced. Tires affect your vehicle's handling, ride, breaking in safety. Poor tire maintenance can lead to premature tire wear, a flat or even a blow out. So following these tips to find even small problems can help save money and keep you and your family safe while on the road.