Tire safety is a vital part to keeping you and your passengers safe on the road. Tires have the power to affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, ride, and safety. It is important to check your tires regularly for correct air pressure, tread depth, balance, general condition, and alignment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that “nearly 50 percent of the 11,500 cars, pickup trucks, vans, and sport-utility vehicles the agency checked had at least one tire with half-worn tread. Another 10 percent had at least one bald tire.”
Signs of Wear Include:
- Vibrations while driving: This can signify that one of your tires is out-of-balance or your wheels need to be aligned.
- Under or over inflation: Under inflation can cause wear on both edges of the tire tread, while over inflation can cause wear on the center of the tread. Both of these will cause your tires to wear out earlier and affect your vehicle’s handling.
- Noticeable wear to one edge of the tire: This may indicate that the wheels are out of alignment.
- A tug to one side: This usually signifies an underinflated tire. Check your tires when this happens to make sure all tires are properly inflated.