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It’s National Tire Safety Week. As you start planning your summer road trips, it’s important to make sure your car and your tires are in good condition. Here are a few tire safety tips from our friends at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) to keep you safe:
  • Choose your tires carefully. Make sure you have the right tires for your vehicle, the time of year and for the weather conditions you regularly encounter in your region.
  • Buy a tire gauge and keep it handy in your car at all times. Tire gauges are easy to use and will let you know where you stand.
  • Check your tire pressure at least once per month, and especially before a long trip.  Check your manual to make sure your tires are at the optimal pressure. Keep in mind, tire pressure changes as the temperature changes. Check your tires regularly if you’ll be traveling between different climates.
  • Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles.
  • Check your vehicle alignment periodically. If you notice that your car is pulling to one side or the other, make sure you consult your local dealership or tire store. This will ensure your tires wear evenly.
  • Inspect and measure your tire tread. Great tip: You can check your tread by placing a penny in the tread groove and if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it is time to replace your tires.
  • Check the tire sidewalls to make sure there are cuts, bulges or irregularities.
  • Make sure you do not overload your vehicle because it can create excessive heat inside your tires. Check your car manual for the maximum load recommendation.
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