Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. Poorly maintained tires can lead to dangerous or deadly accidents at worst and a negative impact on your vehicle’s handling at best. It’s important for every driver to regularly inspect their tires for proper inflation, tread depth, and sidewall condition. Performing this quick, regular check can help you stay safe on the road.
Step One: Check Your Tread Depth
This step is probably one you know. Worn out tread on your tires can prevent you from maintaining traction on the road and even keep you from being able to brake properly in an emergency. To check your tread depth, place a penny between the tread blocks of your tire. With Lincoln’s head upside-down, you should not be able to see the top of the President’s head. If you can see any space between Lincoln’s head and the edge of the penny, your tread is worn, and it is time for new tires.
Step Two: Check for Cracks on Your Tires
Cracking happens when the rubber on your tires begins to degrade from exposure and normal wear. It is normal to see cracks forming between the tread blocks or on the sidewalls, but you should never be able to see the cords or air leaving the tire. Another bad sign is if you see the tread separating from the rubber. If you see any of these telltale signs, it’s time to replace your tires.
Step Three: Check Your Tire Pressure
We recommend all drivers keep a handheld pressure gauge in their vehicle always. The ideal pressure for your vehicle’s tires should be listed on the inside of the driver’s side door of your vehicle. Use the label inside your door to verify the PSI in your tires is within a normal range. Be sure to check every tire to make sure they are all inflated to the correct PSI.
That’s it! Performing a tire safety check is as easy as 1-2-3. Now, you just have to remember to perform this quick check every so often to keep your tires in tip-top shape.