Are you planning to go for a trip. Then you need to check the tires of your car for an uninterrupted holiday fun.
Your tires air pressure should always be checked before a road trip. Make this simple auto maintenance function a part of your monthly car check up.
According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, about 11 percent of vehicles on the road have at least one bald tire, and 55 percent of vehicles have at least one underinflated tire.
Before hitting the road, drivers should conduct do-it-yourself maintenance checks, examining tires for proper inflation, damage or excessive wear and tear.
• Treading Firmly: The only piece of a vehicle to touch the road is the tires, making tire tread-a key factor in handling, cornering, accelerating and braking-a vital part of overall tire maintenance. Tire tread depth should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep all around the tire, and drivers can check this by using a penny.
• Wearing Well: While examining the tread, also look for signs of uneven wear or damage such as cuts, cracks, splits, punctures and bulges. These conditions shorten the life of tires and, if not corrected, may do further damage to the tire, or air loss may occur.
• Putting the pressure on: Tire pressure also plays a critical role in the overall performance of tires as under inflation creates excessive stress on the tire, while over inflation can cause uneven wear in addition to handling and braking issues. Drivers should follow the guidelines found in the vehicle owner's manual or tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door, trunk or fuel door.
• Professional Help: Should any of these checks reveal the need for required maintenance-or when in doubt about the condition of their tires-drivers should take vehicles to a tire dealer for a professional inspection, suggests Chuck Yurkovich, vice president of global technology for Cooper Tire.