Seasonal Care Tips

As seasons change, so do driving conditions. Prepare for safer travels in all kinds of weather with tire care and driving tips for spring, summer, fall and winter.

Seasonal Tire Care Tips

SUMMER 

For many Americans, summer is driving season. These tire safety tips will help you take safe, memorable road trips, from the mountains to the beach.

  • Check the pressure of your tires, including your spare, at least once per month and before every long trip. Keep the pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended level, which is listed on a label inside the driver’s side door of your vehicle or in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. (Remember, the tire pressure listed on your tire sidewalls is the maximum pressure a tire can bear, not the recommended pressure.)
  • Before packing your trunk and roof rack, check the vehicle manufacturer’s loading restrictions (located in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door). And remember that you and your passengers count towards the total recommended weight. Overloading your vehicle creates excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure.
  • If you’re driving long distances with a loaded vehicle, have a technician check the alignment and rotation before you leave. Out of balance or misaligned tires and wheels can cause uneven wear or vehicle problems.
  • Make sure your tires’ tread grooves are free of foreign objects. This makes it easier for your tires to grip the road and increases your ability to safely maneuver your car. And check the sidewalls for gouges, cuts, bulges or other irregularities.
  • Inspect tires for irregular treadwear, like high, low and unusually smooth areas. Built-in treadwear indicators, or “wear bars” (which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread), will appear when the tread is worn down to 2/32ndsof an inch. When these wear bars are even with the tread, it’s time to replace your tire.
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