A 3-Step Checklist to Making Sure Your Tires Are in Good Condition

When it comes to
road trips and traveling, we go through a personal checklist to ensure that
nothing is being left behind. Yet we often forget to check what is arguably one
of the most important things of all: our tires.

Many will just hop
in the car and go on their way without so much of a second thought about
whether or not the tires still sturdy, ready to perform. And this is where
accidents can occur. When a tire blows out, the outcome is unpredictable. It
puts the driver, passenger, and all others at risk.

So, to ensure
preparedness for the next road trip, and the safety to others, as well as
yourself, here’s a three-step checklist to help make sure that your tires are
at peak performance.

Step No.1: Check Your Tire’s Condition

Look closely at
your tires. Check the sidewalls for any major damage such as cracks, nails, or
any other abnormalities that may have been the result of poor road conditions
and potholes.

After a thorough
inspection of the sidewalls, check the tread of each tire.

If the grooves seem
shallow, then it may be time for new tires.

If the grooves are
deep and pronounced, then the tires should be okay.

And if you’re
uncertain about the condition of your tires, there’s an easy way to tell the
current condition of your tread. Just grab a penny and place it into the
groove. Lincoln’s head should be facing towards you, and upside down. If you
can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get new tires.

In the case that takes your car to a local car service center, be sure that they rotate your tires. At most places, this is included, but it’s always good to double check.

Step No.2: Check Your Tire Pressure

Sometimes, it’s
evident that a tire is low. You can look and clearly see that it’s low or going
flat.

And sometimes
simply apply some pressure to the tire will let you know whether or not it’s
low on air or not.

If the tire is
underinflated, it has the potential to blowout while driving long distances.
They are also less fuel efficient.

The best thing that
can be done, aside from these two tactics, is to check your tires with a gauge.
This ensures the most accurate reading and allows you to inflate or deflate
accordingly. The owner manual of your car should include the best pressure for
your tire should be. This information might also be found inside the driver’s
door jamb.

Don’t have time to
go to a car service center? You can purchase gauges of your own for home use.

Step No.3: Check Your Tire’s Age

On the sidewall of
your tires, there should be several numbers that will indicate how old the tire
is. It can be tricky to understand what these numbers mean. But once you learn how to read them it’s really
quite simple.

Most manufacturers
recommend switching out tires after six years, regardless of their condition.
This is just a means to be proactive and ensures the minimization of road
hazards while traveling.

With this
three-step checklist, your sure to be prepared for that next impromptu road
trip to your relaxation destination.

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