Shea adds that well-maintained tires promote safety, improve fuel economy, and help maximize tire life. RMA recommends simple tire care tips to keep you safe and save you money at the fuel pump.
Don’t be caught under pressure.
Check your tire pressure monthly with a tire gauge. The correct pressure is found on the driver’s door or door edge or in the owner’s manual. Don’t use the inflation pressure stamped on the tire sidewall. That is the maximum pressure for the tire. Also, check tire pressure before you drive even a mile so that tires are cold to get an accurate reading.
Not so good vibrations.
Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner's manual. Also have your tire balance checked periodically. An unbalanced tire and wheel assembly may result in irregular wear or vibration.
Take turns with your tires.
Treat your tires as a team and rotate them every 5,000 – 8,000 miles to help your tires wear evenly and optimize their longevity. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual or your tire dealer for the appropriate rotation pattern for your vehicle. If your vehicle has a matching, full-size spare tire, consult the owner’s manual for rotation instructions.
Let Lincoln tell you if you’re legal.
Tires must be replaced when the tread is down to 2/32nds inch to reduce the threat of hydroplaning. An easy test: place a penny into a tread groove. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for a new tire.
For more information about tire care and maintenance, visit www.betiresmart.org.