Everything rides on it. Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes. Improved vehicle handling. Better fuel economy. Increased tire life. Just a few of the reasons to take five minutes every month to check your tires.
Check tire pressure regularly (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. 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.
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.
Slow down if you have to go over a pothole or other object in the road.
Do not run over curbs, and try not to strike the curb when parking.
Remember to check your
tires once a month!
There s Safety In Numbers
You can find the numbers for recommended tire pressure
and vehicle load limit on the tire information placard
and in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tire placards are
permanent labels attached to the vehicle door edge,
doorpost, glove-box door, or inside of the trunk lid.
Once you’ve located this information, use it to check
your tire pressure and to make sure your vehicle is not
overloaded—especially when you head out for vacation.
Checking Tire Pressure
Because tires may naturally lose air over time, it is
important to check your tire pressure at least once a
month. For convenience, purchase a tire pressure gauge
to keep in your vehicle. Gauges can be purchased at tire
dealerships, auto supply stores, and other retail outlets.
Remember, the tire inflation number that vehicle manufacturers
provide reflects the proper pounds per square
inch (psi) when a tire is cold. To get an accurate tire
pressure reading, measure tire pressure when the car
has been unused for at least three hours.
Step 1: Locate the correct tire pressure on the tire
information placard or in the owner’s manual.
Step 2: Record the tire pressure of all tires.
Step 3: If the tire pressure is too high in any of the tires,
slowly release air by gently pressing on the tire
valve with the edge of your tire gauge until you get
to the correct pressure.
Step 4: If the tire pressure is too low, note the difference
between the measured tire pressure and the correct
tire pressure. These “missing” pounds of pressure
are what you will need to add.
Step 5: At a service station, add the missing pounds of air
pressure to each tire that is underinflated.
Step 6: Check all the tires to make sure they have the same
air pressure (except in cases in which the front and
rear tires are supposed to have different amounts of
Checking Tire Tread
Tires have built-in treadwear indicators that let you
know when it is time to replace your tires. These indicators
are raised sections spaced intermittently in the
bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear even
with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your
tires. You can also test your tread with a Lincoln penny.
Simply turn the penny so Lincoln’s head is pointing
down and insert it into the tread. If the tread doesn’t
cover Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
For a free brochure visit www.nhtsa.gov
or call 1-888-327-4236 DOT HS 809 362
Tire maintenance is important as any other type of regular service like for your vehicles Brakes, Engine, Air bags, coolant system, brake lights or windshield wipers. Take a few minutes each month and check your tires...lives depend on it!