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Tire Safety Tips for Warm Weather Driving

Check your tire’s tread before hitting the road this summer.
May 2017
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As temperatures start to rise, checking your tires’ air pressure can help protect them from the heat when hitting the road this summer. Whether you’re trekking cross-country or simply to and from work, the more heat your tires are exposed to could mean potential trouble on the road.

To help stay safe on the road this summer, follow these tips for your tires:

• Check your tire’s tread before hitting the road. Tread depth refers to the amount of tread on a tire, which can impact handling, traction and stopping distance, especially on wet roads. Most new car tires start with 11/32 inches of tread. If your tires don’t have at least 2/32 inches, it’s time to replace them. Use the “penny test” by sticking a penny upside-down in a tread groove. If Lincoln’s entire head is visible, your tread is worn beyond the legal minimum requirement and it’s time to replace your tires.

• Check your tire inflation pressure at least once a month to make sure they are at the appropriate inflation pressure. Low tire pressure leads to decreased steering and braking control, poor gas mileage, excessive tire wear and the possibility of tire failure.

• To increase tread life and smooth out your ride, rotate your tires every 6,000 miles or earlier if irregular or uneven wear develops.

• Stay educated on your tires and what you need to do to keep them safe. Inspect your spare. Some cars come with run-flat tires, which enable continued driving with no air pressure for up to 60 miles, but most vehicles are equipped with either a space-saver spare or tire repair kit. Check your trunk to see what your vehicle contains.

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