Know Your Tires

Know your tiresIt’s important to know your tires. Think about it. Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that is in contact with the road. That alone should tell us how important they are to our overall safety. Certainly, safety awareness should be everyone’s goal. It’s not just for ourselves, but for others who are also using the roads.

Tire manufacturers in the United States recommend that we check our tires at least once a month.

Take the following steps for tire safety:

• Check the tread depth of your tires. If the tread wears down to 2/32 of an inch it’s time to replace your tires.
• Tires lose pressure over time. We need to make sure they are at the recommended PSI.
• We should also make sure to rotate and align our tires periodically. This provides for even wear of the rubber.

Attention to maintenance and periodic inspections will do more than ensure optimum performance. It will help keep us safe and increase the service life our tires. And, at the price of tires today, this saves us money. That’s because you don’t have to purchase tires as frequently, and your fuel costs reduce.

The modern tire is engineered to optimize safety, durability, and handling of your vehicle. Nowadays we have sensors that give us real-time monitoring information. Today’s tires last far longer than their predecessors from the old days. And, they hold the road better, making it much easier to control your vehicle. Something as simple as braking can be affect worn or poorly aligned tires. So remember, know your tires.

For more information on tire safety visit the National Highway Safety Administration.

In addition to providing our defensive driving classroom course and online course, we submit this article to increase your awareness of the various safety measure that you can take to keep yourself safe