Top Ten Tire Safety Tips
Your life rides on your tires every time you
get in your vehicle-these tips will help you
drive with confidence.
#1 Check tire pressure
and adjust at least once a month.
According to studies conducted by the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the leading cause of tire
failure is under inflation.
#2 Inspect tires
regularly. Look for:
or uneven tread wear
bulges on the sidewalls or tread
of puncture or any foreign object embedded
in the tire
#3 Rotate tires every
6,000 miles or according to owner's manual.
Tire rotation is essential to achieve ever
wear and maximum tread life
#4 Maintain tires in
Out-of-balance tires cause uneven tread
wear, an uncomfortable ride and excessive
wear on the suspension and other components.
#5 Maintain Proper
Misalignment of the steering and suspension
adversely affects the steering feel and
stability of a vehicle and causes rapid and
uneven tire wear
#6 Never overload.
Overloading is the second leading cause of
tire failure. All tires are designed to
operate within maximum load range designated
by a code on the tire sidewall. Exceeding
this can result in both excessive wear and
reduced tire life
#7 Avoid overheating.
High speeds, high loads, high ambient
temperature, under inflation, coarse
pavement or concrete, and aggressive driving
all contribute to high tire temperatures. To
maximize tire life and safety, be vigilant
in hot weather and adjust your driving style
#8 Replace tires if:
Tread is worn to the "wear indicator bars"
Tread wear is severely uneven
Sidewalls are severely cracked or there are
separation from the tire carcass
that cannot be satisfactorily repaired
#9 Install tires in
matched pairs or complete sets.
#10 Select the right
tires for your vehicle and driving
If you ever have questions about your tires,
do NOT hesitate to bring your vehicle in to
our Service Department-especially if you're
heading out on a road trip.
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