2010 Safety Tip
- If you don't keep
enough air in your tires, they can wear irregularly, which in turn can
make it harder to control your car.
- Don't eyeball your
tires--use a pressure gauge.
- Check it every
week, and before trips.
- Check the air pressure
when the tires are cold.
- The recommended
pressure is usually listed on a label in the glove compartment or on
the driver's side door frame.
- The maximum inflation
pressure appears on the side of the tire.
- Keep your wheels
aligned. Pay attention if your car pulls to one side or shakes.
- Slow down if you
have to drive over a pothole or debris. If you ram a curb or hit a big
pothole, get your alignment checked.
- Rotate your tires
every 6,000 miles, unless the owner's manual recommends a different
- Measure the amount
of tread in your tires, and inspect them every once in a while. Too
little tread means less traction, especially when roads are slippery.
A good rule of thumb is to insert a penny into the tread, with Lincoln's
image head-first. If the top of Lincoln's head is in the groove, you
still have enough.
- Modern tires have
"warning bars" that appear across the tire when it is time
- Don't overload
your car or truck. The tire-information placard or owner's manual will
have information about load limits.
- Inspect your tires
for uneven wear, cracks, and foreign objects in the tread. If you find
nails, screws or rocks in the tread, remove them.
- Make sure your
tire valves are protected with valve caps.
- If you're towing
a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the trailer is transferred
to your car or truck.