Carrying on the discussion started in Reduce Tire Blowouts this Summer with Proper Tire Maintenance (Pt. 1), below we will continue highlighting some essential tips for making tire maintenance a habit and, as a result, minimizing your chances of experiencing tire blowouts and related car accidents.

Checking tire tread and balancing your tires, two important steps in ongoing tire maintenance, can reduce your risk of tire blowouts and car accidents this summer.

Checking tire tread and balancing your tires, two important steps in ongoing tire maintenance, can reduce your risk of tire blowouts and car accidents this summer.

More Tips for Proper Tire Maintenance…

Tip 2 – Monitor the Amount of Tread on Your Tires.

Less than 2/32” of tread on tires can be legally considered to be “worn out” (according to some states’ laws). While this should be the very minimum amount of tread you should drive on in dry conditions, make sure you have at least:

  • 4/32” of tread when driving in slick or wet conditions
  • 6/32” of tread when driving in snowy conditions.

You can use pocket change to easily check your tire tread while on the go. To do this, hold a coin upside down, place it between the tread on tires and see how high the tread comes on the coin. Specifically:

  • If the tread covers Lincoln’s head on a penny, then there is at least 2/32” of tire tread remaining.
  • If the tread covers Washington’s head on a quarter, then there is at least 4/32” of tire tread remaining.
  • If the tread covers the top of the Lincoln Memorial (on the back of the penny), then there is at least 6/32” of tread remaining.

Tip 3 – Balance and Align Your Tires.

Getting your vehicle’s tires balanced and aligned as part of the routine maintenance (like oil changes) for your car is another essential part of proper tire upkeep. While this step can prolong the life of your tires, it can also improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Indications that it may be time to get your vehicle’s tires balanced and/or aligned can include:

  • Tires vibrating or shaking when driving, which typically indicates that it’s time to balance the tires.
  • Your car pulling or veering to the right or left as you drive, which usually indicates that it’s time to get your tires aligned.

Stay posted for the upcoming conclusion to this blog for some final tire maintenance tips that can help you reduce your chances of tire blowouts and car accidents…

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