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Tire Safety Checklist

Written by maryp posted on Saturday, April 28th, 2012

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The Driving Machine's 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.

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