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Below is a tire maintenance checklist you can use to stay on top of your tire’s condition and maintenance, and to maximize tire safety and tread life.
Under inflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control, and accidents. A tire can lose up to half it’s air pressure and not appear to be flat!
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000 – 8,000 miles.
Advanced and unusual tread wear can reduce the ability of the tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.
For more information about tire safety, visit www.rma.org.