Top Tips About Tires

This week is National Tire Safety Week. After all, the tires are the only part of your vehicle that touches the road.

Here a few tire safety and maintenance tips provided by Bridgestone. Full disclosure: Mary’s Ford Escape runs Continental tires, her Mercedes Benz 350 SLK is shod with staggered Kumhos. My Mercedes Benz CLA 250 runs Michelin Sport Pilots is the summer and Bridgestone’s Blizzaks in the Winter. All tires, except the Kumhos were purchased from Discount Tire in Parker Colorado. There are no freebies.

Inflate: Use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires have proper inflation pressure, and then fill your tires with air as needed. Some people think the correct inflation pressure is located on the tire’s sidewall but what’s listed is the maximum inflation pressure for the tire.

It’s important to match your tire inflation pressure to the vehicle you are driving. Always refer to the information included in the driver’s side doorjamb or your vehicle owner’s manual to make sure you’re inflating your tires to the proper pressure for your particular vehicle.

Rotate: To maximize tire tread life, rotate and balance your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles by taking your car to a trusted tire dealer or automotive service center.

Evaluate: To make sure you have enough traction to grip the road check the tread depth of your tires from time to time. The penny test is a simple way to do this. Just place a penny upside down in your tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you should be road ready. If not, it may be time for new tires.