Miles and miles of family fun will be riding on your tires this summer, so it's best to maintain tires for safety and longer use. You can maintain your tires with a simple checklist called 'P.A.R.T.' Pressure, Alignment , Rotation, and Tread.
So, let's begin with a tire gauge to check the pressure. "Tire pressure is very important. Under inflated tires can cause blowout and excessive wear. Most cars are 35 PSI but some of the bigger tires will have higher pressure. There's a maximum pressure listed on the side of the tire," says Joel Prock, with Prock Automotive. Joel recommends checking the pressure when the car is still cold.
Don't drive off just yet. You still need to check your alignment. Hitting simple curbs or potholes can jolt your alignment. Joel says, "You can notice it pulling to the right or left. You can also notice trouble in steering it pulls to one side or the other and also rough rides from steering. "
For long lasting tires, rotate them every five to 10,000 miles. That means moving the front tires to the rear and the rear ones to the front.
Finally, examine your tires for signs of tread wear. Look for bubbles and thin spots in the rubber. If you want to conduct your own tread test, it will cost you one penny. Place the penny into one of the grooves of the tire treads. If Abe Lincoln's head is partly covered with tread, you're fine. If you can see all of Abe's head, it's time to replace the tire.
So, remember the 'P.A.R.T.' test (Pressure, Alignment, Rotation, and Tread). Routine tire maintenance will help you stay on the road and not on the side of it. For NewsChannel 11's Consumer Connection, I'm Sharon Maines.