How much consideration do you give to the integrity of what’s carrying you and your family when traveling 60 mph down the highway? Along with engine and brake care, the condition of your tires tops the list of critical safety factors and demands more respect than we often give them.
Although car tires today are more high-tech than ever, it ultimately comes down to you (the vehicle owner) to maintain the tires.
The Cost of Incorrect Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is more important than you might think and is to be checked monthly. In cold weather, tires typically lose one or two pounds of air per month, and in warm weather, they lose air at an even higher rate. The U.S. Department of Energy states gas mileage can be improved by up to 3.3% by simply keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.
It’s estimated that most drivers lose 10% to as much as 50% of tire tread life due to under-inflated tires. Besides extra fuel consumption, what does this mean for the environmental impact of additional tires in landfills?
Need New Tires? Check with an Easy Test
How do you know when it’s time for new tires? Worn tread depth is the obvious giveaway, and the minimum legal measurement of depth should be 2/32 of an inch. A common test is to insert a penny with Abe Lincoln’s head upside down in the shallowest grove of a tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means it’s time for new tires.
Tips for Smart Tire Care
It’s up to you to care for the rubber that meets the road and tire safety standards. Get into the habit of smart tire care, and you’ll feel better knowing that what’s carrying you and your family is reliable.