Summer Time Tire Maintenance and Safety
With the end of summer quickly approaching, families across California are likely trying to get in their final road trips of the season. While we all know how important it is to keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance for the longevity of our cars, it’s equally important to properly maintain tires. In fact, it could save your life. Tire maintenance, especially during the summer, is essential for safe daily commutes and vacation travel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) TireWise campaign is aimed at educating motorists on proper tire maintenance.
Blowouts caused by poor tire maintenance can contribute to injury-causing and fatal crashes, so it’s absolutely essential to be TireWise. The NHTSA recommends checking your tire pressure monthly. Even when tires are only a few pounds low, they can cause uneven wear that can lead to blowouts. Check your vehicle’s specifications for recommended tire pressure and include regularly scheduled tire maintenance to your vehicle’s current service schedule, if you haven’t already.
TireWise: Need to Know
- How to select the right type, size and rating of tire for your car
- How to check your tire pressure monthly
- How to check for signs of wear and other visual defects monthly
- How to check the age of your tires and when to consider replacing them
- How to check tire pressure and conditions in hot climates
- How to know when your tires were manufactured and when they need to be replaced, regardless of mileage or wear
Being TireWise Saves Money
Not only are you going to increase the longevity of your tires and save money that way, you’re also going to be spending less at the pump. When your tires are properly inflated, they increase fuel efficiency. The NHTSA estimates that keeping one’s tires properly inflated can save up to 9 cents per gallon. How many of us would drive out of our way for that kind of savings? All you need to do is check your tire pressure monthly. Keep a pressure gauge in your vehicle, and it will only take a minute or two when you’re already at the gas station.