Firestone Complete Auto Care offers these tire-maintenance tips to keep you safely rolling.
* Air up: While you're waiting for your vehicle's gas tank to fill up, take those extra few minutes to grab your tire gauge and check the pressure of your tires. It is important to note that tire pressures can only be accurately checked when your vehicle has been driven less than one mile or has been stationary for at least three hours. By checking either the owner's manual or the sticker on the door jamb or glove box door, you'll find the tire inflation number that's best for your vehicle.
* Tread check: Examine the tread on your tires once a month-your tread should be at least 2/32 inch. Give it the penny test by inserting a penny into the tread with Lincoln's head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, the tread is worn, and the tire needs to be replaced.
* Rotate regularly: If you're checking your tire pressure and tread regularly, you're on the right track. However, there's still another component of responsible tire maintenance that you should be aware of. Your tires should be rotated on a regular basis according to the vehicle manufacturer's scheduled maintenance recommendations to ensure they wear evenly, last longer and provide a safer ride.
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