In order to keep you and your vehicle safe on the road, it’s a good idea to take few minutes each month to check the condition of your tires.
Your tire pressure should be checked once a month and adjusted to the recommended inflation. Tires typically lose one pound per square inch of air pressure per month, and this can be increased in climates that have more rapid temperature changes. Tires have less pressure in colder weather, about one psi per ten degrees. Under-inflated tires can cause unnecessary tire wear and a loss in fuel efficiently, while over-inflated tires can suffer from uneven tread wear. A quick pressure check can help prevent these problems.
Next, check your tread depth. An easy way to do this is the penny test. Simply place a penny in the tread groove, with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread does not cover the top of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time to replace your tires. Be sure to check various spots on every tire. You can also use a tire tread gauge, which measures the exact amount of remaining tread. You should replace your tire if any portion of the tread is two thirty-seconds or below. Most tires also have tread wear indicator bars that mark two thirty-seconds of tread remaining. If your tread is even with the bars in two locations, you need to replace your tires.
Remember to rotate your tires every 5000 miles, or every oil change. This will help prevent irregular or uneven wear, as well as extend the life of your tires. And don’t forget to check your spare tire if you have one.
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