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Do-It-Yourself Tire Tips

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Safely getting to your destination is as important as what you’ll do when you get there.  Check out these tips for making sure your tires are ready to hit the road.

TIRE PRESSURE Check the pressure of all tires at least once a month – don’t forget the spare. Burn rubber. Not cash. Gas prices tend to rise as summer road trip season starts, so regularly checking your tire pressure can save you money at the pump. A good quality tire gauge or a quick stop at an air pump is all you need.

TREAD DEPTH Monitor your tires’ tread during your monthly pressure check. Proper tread depth is important to maintaining contact with the road. Most tires have built-in “treadwear indicators,” which are raised sections that run in between the tire’s tread. When the tread is so worn down that it’s level with the tread indicator, it’s time to replace your tires.

ROTATE Getting your oil changed? Have them rotate your tires while you’re there. Rotating tires helps reduce irregular wear, letting your tires last longer. Check your owner’s manual for information on how frequently your tires should be rotated and the best pattern for rotation. Generally, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, or sooner if uneven wear appears.

REPLACE To maintain vehicle safety and performance, sometimes you just need a fresh set. When age, wear or damage jeopardize safe driving, it’s time to replace your tires. The lifespan of a tire is hard to predict, which is why it’s important to properly maintain your tires and have them checked regularly by a trained service technician.