Without your tires, your road trip would go no where… literally. According to AAA, 60% of Americans don’t regularly check their tires. Getting a flat or blowout while driving can lead to a very dangerous situation on the road. Take these precautions and keep rolling!
You can find your recommended tire pressure on the inner door jam of your driver’s door. Over and under inflating can both cause blowouts and pressure can change with the change in temperatures. Check your tires at least once a month.
Make sure your tires are wearing at the same rate by rotating them regularly. Most cars have unequaled weight distribution over the front and rear axles. Rotating every 5,000-7,000 miles can help balance out the uneven wear this causes.
Checking the dread left in your tires is as easy as finding a penny! Just put a penny in one of the grooves. Your tread should cover Lincoln’s head. If you can see the top of his head, it’s time for new tires. While you’re looking at the tread, also keep an eye out for any stress cracks in the tire wall.
The last thing you want to see is a flat spare tire! If you have a spare tire in your car, make sure you check the pressure of it when you check the other tires.
It’s very dangerous to change a tire on the side of the road. If your car isn’t equipped with a flat tire kit, grab a bottle of tire sealant to keep in your car. It’s not meant to be a permanent fix but it can help you safely get to a repair center.
If you find any issues with your tires, head over to your local repair center to get them inspected and replaced if necessary.