Proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare.
Tire care is also pro-environment. Properly inflated tires help promote better fuel economy. Regular care helps tires get the most potential wear so they don’t need to be replaced as often.
P – Pressure
Underinflation is a tire’s #1 Enemy!
It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat! Click HERE to learn how to correctly check your tire pressure. Vehicles equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) can help motorists detect loss of inflation pressure. Federal regulations require TPMS to warn drivers when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles this warning may be too late to prevent damage caused by under inflation. TPMS units are NOT a replacement for monthly tire pressure checks with a gauge.
A – Alignment
Is your vehicle pulling to one side, or shaking?
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned. Vermont Tire has state of the art alignment machines and expert staff to check your vehicle. We also offer a FREE alignment with the purchase of any four all-season tires!
R – Rotation
Promotes uniform tire wear.
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles. Vermont Tire will rotate your tires for FREE every 5,000 miles with the purchase of any four tires.
Measure it — and inspect it.
Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage. Vermont requires 2/32″ to pass inspection, but rain and snow safety require more tread. Click HERE to learn how to measure your tread depth using a penny.