Did you know that 9% of passenger cars on U.S. roadways are driven with at lease one bald tire, and 27% of vehicles are being driven with one or more substantially under-inflated tires?
Having your tires adequately inflated and maintained can keep you driving safely and improve your gas mileage. Consider the following:
PRESSURE: Driving with improperly inflated tires can result in tire failure, shorten the tire life and increase fuel consumption. You should check your tires with a pressure gauge at lease once a month or before long road trips. For a correct reading, the tires should not be warm.
TREAD: Tread helps prevent skidding or hydroplaning. For normal road conditions, replace your tires if they are worn down to 1/16 of an inch deep or if the tire indicators (raised sections between tread grooves) appear even with the outside of the tread.
ALIGNMENT: Potholes and curbs can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have your vehicle checked regularly by a professional to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
ROTATION: Regular tire rotation will help your tires last longer and have a uniform wear.
*Consult your vehicle or tire owner’s manual for specific recommendations.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration