Summer is prime time for road trips, so make sure your tires are in good condition. Here are some tips for how to check your tires before hitting the road …
As shelter-in-place restrictions begin to ease up this summer, we’ll likely see more summer travelers start to emerge. Road trips are a great alternative for those wary of flying or taking public transit amidst pandemic concerns. While road trips are a fun way to explore Colorado and beyond, there are still dangers that come with it. Before you hit the road, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle – and its tires – are in good condition.
Here are a few tips to keep your tires in top shape and prevent a dangerous blowout:
When buying new tires, choose wisely.
There’s a lot more that goes into buying tires than just their appearance. Choosing the right tires for your vehicle depends on the make and model of your car or motorcycle, tread, traction performance, and temperature resistance. Types of tires range from all-season and all-terrain tires to summer and winter tires. Make sure to do your research!
Check your tire pressure.
Checking your tire pressure at least once a month is important – especially before a long road trip. Underinflation and overinflation are dangerous since they can damage the tire and potentially cause failure or a blow out. The manufacturer’s recommended air pressure should be listed on the sticker of your vehicle’s door jamb or in the owner’s manual.
Keeping a tire gauge in your car is also a handy way to determine whether you need to add more air. You can find a tire gauge at most auto retailers and supply stores.
Rotate your tires.
For proper tire maintenance, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotating your tires helps reduce irregular wear, allowing your tires to last longer and maintain fuel efficiency. Be sure to check your owners manual for information on how frequently to rotate your tires and the best pattern for rotation.
Check your tire tread.
Tire tread provides the grip and traction necessary to prevent your vehicle from slipping and sliding. Tire tread should be checked at least once a month and can be done when you’re checking their pressure. Use the easy “penny test” where you place a penny in the thread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident due to a defective tire, our team at Galperin & Associates can help. Our experienced auto defect lawyers can help you understand your rights in cases like these, so contact us today for a consultation.