According to the US Department of Transportation the #1 reason that vehicles breakdown on our national highways is flat or blown tires. The tires on your vehicle are one of the most important components to vehicle safety. Research has shown that 80% of tire failures happen in the last 20% of the tread life of a tire.Having the tires at the proper air pressure and with good tread, allows the tires to grip the road surface, allowing your vehicle to have traction. When you travel through water, ice, and other unsafe hazards, the traction allows you to steer and maintain control of your vehicle. Sudden stopping can also be performed more efficiently with good tread and tire pressure.

Tires are usually replaced due to low tread depth, cracking sidewalls, bulging tread or sidewalls. You should not continue to use tires with such conditions and tread depth that is lower than 4/32 inch. In the year 2000 the tire industry has started date coding tires. They have found that the age of tires also plays a part in the safety and stability of the tire. Rubber deteriorates with age, a tire that has been in service for 5 or 6 years should be replaced regardless of its outward appearance and/or tread depth. Cut a year or two off that for vehicles that are not garaged during the day or are run in areas of high ground-level ozone. The best way to take care of your tires, is regular rotations and having the tire pressure checked and adjusted as needed. We recommend rotating tires approximately every 5,000 miles and having the pressure checked and adjusted at minimum each 3,000 mile oil change.

It is also recommended to have the steering, suspension, brakes and wheel bearings regularly inspected and replacement of worn parts to keep the tires riding at the proper angle on the road. Then lastly if your tires show an abnormal wear pattern it is recommended to have your vehicle’s alignment checked and adjusted as needed. Good tires on your vehicle are very crucial for you and your families safety. Have your trusted repair facility regularly inspect, check tire pressure and rotate your tires. Have them keep an eye on your tires so that you can properly budget ahead of time for replacement when needed. Happy Motoring!

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