Derek Malin with Discount Tire in Cheyenne stopped by the studio today to each us about Summer Tire Safety.
Tips for Summer Tire Safety:
-- Get Pressure Right and Check It Often: Check your tire’s air pressure when they’re cool at least once a month, especially before a long trip. Low pressure leads to poor handling and gas mileage, excessive wear, and overloading.
Tires are always losing air due to the impacts and pressures of bumps and turns.
Temperature change affects air pressure (for every 10 degrees in ambient temperature change, the tire air pressure changes 1 PSI).
Check Your Tread: Tread depth determines a vehicle’s safe stopping distance. You can check it by sticking a penny upside-down in a tread groove – it’s time to replace if Lincoln’s head is visible.
Rotate Often Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles or earlier if uneven wear develops.
Know Your Age - The older a tire, the higher the risk for failure. As a tire ages, the rubber becomes harder and brittle, losing elasticity and strength. The age of your tire can be found by checking the DOT number stamped on its sidewall. We recommend replacing any tire that’s 6 years old or more.
Check Your Trunk -- Most new vehicles are replacing spare tires with tire inflation kits that include puncture-coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check your to see what your vehicle has and make sure you have a roadside-assistance plan.
Don’t Overload -- The combination of heat and overloading a vehicle (common for summer travel) is one of the most dangerous conditions for a tire because overloaded tires can overheat and possibly fail. Overloading has a similar impact as driving on underinflated tires.
Visit the Experts -- Come see us at your neighborhood Discount Tire store or visit us online at discounttire.com for more information.