Why are checking your tires so important?
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Without proper maintenance, such as correct inflation pressure, tires could suddenly fail, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
They should be checked regularly, at least once a month. Tires are your only contact with the pavement. Without good tires that are properly inflated, your vehicle won’t accelerate, brake or steer properly. Other safety devices such as antilock braking systems, traction controls systems and stability control systems may not function correctly with tires that are not properly inflated. By following a few simple steps, you will increase your own safety. You will also improve on fuel economy and prolong the life of your tires, both of which will help to save energy and therefore reduce your vehicle’s impact on the environment.
Proper tire maintenance is not only critical to the sade operation of your vehicle, but will also:
- Improve fuel economy
- Extend tire life
- Provide better vehicle handling
- Help to prevent avoidable breakdowns and collisions
- Reduce exhaust emissions that contribute to environmental and health problems
Tire Safety Check List
- Measure your tire pressure at least once a month, using a good-quality tire pressure gauge. Measure the pressure when the tires are cold. Don’t forget to measure the spare.
- Before inflating your tires, check the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. This information is usually on the tire information label, normally located on the edge of the driver’s door, the doorpost, the glove box or on the fuel door. This information can also be found in your owner’s manual.
- Don’t use the pressure indicated on the tire. It’s the maximum pressure, not necessarily the recommended one.
- When inflating your tires, make sure the air pump hose valve and tire valves are free of dirt and other obstructions. Make sure the tire valves have caps.
- Always measure tire pressure before going on a long trip
- Once a month, inspect tires for uneven tread wear, cuts or cracks, bulges, foreign objects or other signs or wear or trauma
- Rotate your tires on a regular basis. Check your owner’s manual to find out how, and how often, tires should be rotated
- Buy the most appropriate tires for your vehicle and your driving environment
- When installing new tires, always make sure tires of the same type, size, speed rating and load index are on all four wheels
- Register your new tires with the manufacturer upon purchase, for promt warranty claims and important recall notifications.
- Don’t overload your vehicle. The tire information label indicates the maximum recommended load.