Tire Safety Checklist
- Check tire pressure regularly (every two weeks or at least once a month), including the spare.
- Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. (This is best done by a professional who will raise your car up on a lift and check the tires for inside/outside wear.
- Carefully remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
- Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
- Check tire pressure before going on a long trip. Keep in mind that tire pressures will change in a change of altitude. You will want to recheck pressures if you are going to the mountains. A good time to recheck is when you make one of those “bathroom breaks” while en-route.
- Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.
- If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.
Proper tire inflation is a must, not only for safety reasons, but getting the best gas mileage, too.