For the second time in just a few short weeks, another life has been claimed in an automobile accident caused by worn-out tire tread.
8 News Now aired a story on tire safety and how you can check your tread. It’s easy:
-Take an upside-down penny and insert it into the lowest part of your tire’s tread. If ANY part of Lincoln’s is covered by the tire tread, you are in good shape.
-Why a penny? The size of this is 1/16 of an inch and when a tire gets that low, it is time to replace it.
-If you can see above Lincoln’s head, it is time to retire that tire.
-It is recommended to check your tires in several tread locations, including the inner, outer and middle grooves of the tires.
Other recommendations for tire safety:
-Rotate your tires about every 5,000 miles. Plan your rotations out with your oil changes and you won’t forget! Rotating tires helps with evening out the wear and tear.
-Inflate your tires properly, as recommended in your owners manual, NOT on the tire itself. Over or under inflating tires can cause serious problems.
Under inflating your tires may:
- Cause them to wear out more quickly.
- Cause an increase in temperature, which is already something we have enough of in the desert climate.
- Create improper handling.
- Create skidding or loss of control especially on ramps and curves.
- Hydroplaning, which is a large concern during monsoon season.
- Cause more flat tires and blow-outs which can lead to rollovers
Check tread and tire pressure monthly, as they can both change frequently. A few extra minutes on the details can save your life or the life of a loved one.