Check Your Tires During National Tire Safety Week

Tires, the most important safety item and the most taken for granted part of your car. We have them, we ignore them, we wonder, why does the tire vibrate? Why do I have a flat? And it always happens when it's raining, or so it seems.

Typically all bad situations are the result of lack of simple maintenance. Here are the basics:
  1. Your tires' air pressure should be checked every couple of weeks. It's simple and you can find a variety of air pressure gauges at Tire Rack. The Intercomp 2.5" Deluxe Air Pressure Gauge is very simple to operate and read.
  2. Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles and periodicly inspected for anything abnormal. This can make a big difference.
  3. Since most vehicles require oil changes at 3,000 mile intervals, having the tires rotated every other oil change can put you on a very simple schedule.
  4. Determining how much tread you have left on your tire can be checked by using the old tried and true method of sticking a penny with Lincoln's head upside down in the tread area. If you see all of his head, it's time to replace your tires. Or, for a more technical method, use the Dill Digital Tread Depth Gauge to get your  exact depth at a glance.

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