Tips from Firestone service centers: Keeping tires in top condition

Jan. 1, 2020
Bridgestone?s Firestone Complete Auto Care chain is commemorating National Tire Safety Week by reminding drivers that taking care of their tires can help protect the environment while saving them time and money.

Bridgestone’s Firestone Complete Auto Care chain is commemorating National Tire Safety Week by reminding drivers that taking care of their tires can help protect the environment while saving them time and money.

“There is no better way to honor National Tire Safety Week than by caring for your tires,” says COO Bill Perdew. “A vehicle’s tires are essential – and often overlooked – parts that should be kept in top condition. After all, your tires are the only thing connecting your vehicle to the road. ”

These tips are offered:

• Air Up. Make sure your tires are properly inflated according to the vehicle’s specifications (check the sticker on the inside door jamb or the owner’s manual). Check your air pressure once a month, as your tires can lose up to one pound per square inch (psi) every 30 days. As we head into the heat of summer, keep in mind that air pressure can fluctuate based on the temperature. Also remember that underinflated tires roll less efficiently, decreasing your mileage per gallon and costing you more to fill up.

• Line up. Have your wheel alignment checked annually by a certified technician and have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles or as suggested by your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Proper wheel alignment is important for correct vehicle handling, tire wear, braking stability and a smooth ride. Anything you can do to help your tires roll smoothly will result in improved fuel mileage that saves you money at the pump.

• Take tread seriously. Your tires should have at least 2/32-inch of tread depth; anything less is hazardous on the wet roads. Familiarize yourself with the “penny test” as a way to check your tire tread depth. Insert a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of the president’s head, the tread is worn and the tire probably needs to be replaced. In addition, check each tire’s grooves to make sure they are free of foreign objects and check the sidewalls to make sure there are no gouges, cuts, bulges or other irregularities.

“Taking just a few minutes out of your week to check your tires during National Tire Safety Week,” says Perdew, “can not only help to keep you and your family safer on the road, but can also help protect the environment and save you time and money.”

For more information, visit www.firestonecompleteautocare.com.

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