(NewsUSA) – Many people diligently check the batteries in their smoke alarms, the oil in their cars, and the water filter in their fridge, but how many regularly check their tires? With the fall travel season and winter weather fast approaching, taking a moment to check your car’s tires can make all the difference in keeping you safe on the road. Cooper Tires is encouraging drivers to make regular tire safety checks a part of their routine, especially as seasons change.
“Designating a moment to check tire safety is just as important as regularly checking our smoke detector batteries when we change our clocks,” says Jessica Egerton, Director of Brand Development at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.
Checking the condition of your car’s tires is essential for your safety on the road. Tires are the only parts of your vehicle that come into contact with the road and keep you connected to it. The recommended tread depth for tires is more than 2/32 of an inch deep. To check if your tires meet this minimum or are too worn, stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread covers the top of his head, you’re good to go. If not, it’s time to replace the tire. Ensuring your tires have the recommended tread depth can help maintain traction on the road, keep control of the car, and prevent hydroplaning or sliding.
Under-inflated tires can also lead to tire failure, uneven wear, and increased fuel consumption. It’s crucial to check your tire pressure regularly to avoid such issues. Use the U.S. penny/Lincoln’s head method to check the tread and visually inspect your tires for cuts, bulges, cracks, splits, or punctures.
Cooper Tires recommends a ten-minute tire safety check to ensure your tires are roadworthy. First, check the tread using the penny/Lincoln’s head method. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible when inserted into the tread, it’s time to replace the tire. Second, check the tire pressure. Recommended pressure levels can be found on the vehicle doorjamb, glove compartment, fuel door, or owner’s manual. Use a tire gauge to check the pressure level and adjust it if needed. Lastly, visually inspect the tires for signs of damage. If in doubt, consult a tire professional to assess potential issues.
Cooper Tires urges drivers to make tire safety checks a regular habit, marking Labor Day weekend and the first of each month as their tire check safety moments. Visit coopertires.com to learn more about tire safety and making tire safety checks a regular part of your routine.