Who knew that it was the Official Tire Safety Week this week? Okay, put your hands down because I know you didn’t. It’s okay because I wouldn’t have known either if I hadn’t been working with Cooper Tire. I know, I know…tires aren’t really a sexy (or fun!) product, right? Well, since our families are riding on them every single day, it’s an important product that needs your attention. Tire safety is critical for the safety of your family!
About a month ago, I went to San Antonio with Cooper Tire to their official test track to learn all about tire safety. Boy, did I learn stuff! So many important things that I just had to share them with you and it only made sense during Tire Safety Week.
Today’s Baby Gizmo Video is quick but it’s all about tire safety and what you need to know. If you didn’t know one of these tips, please share this video with a friend because chances are they didn’t know either.
Tire Safety Tips:
1. Regularly inspect your tires for irregular tread wear, cracking, scrapes, bulges, cuts, snags, foreign objects or other damage resulting from use.
2. Test your tire pressure monthly. The proper tire inflation pressure can be found in your vehicle’s manual or on the sticker on the edge of your vehicle door. Proper inflation is critical. Under inflation causes excessive heat build-up and internal structural damage that may lead to a tire failure, including tread/belt separation, even at a later date. Over inflated tires (over the maximum molded on the tire sidewall) are more likely to be cut, punctured or damaged by sudden impact from hitting an obstacle, such as a pothole.
3. Check your tire tread monthly for wear. Do the US penny test. We show you how in the video.
4. Rotate your tires every 5,000 – 8,000 miles for even wear.
5. Have your wheel alignment checked periodically and when your car has trouble with pulling to one side or vibration. Wheel alignment is important for safety and max tread wear.
6. Proper tire puncture repair is BOTH a plug AND a patch. Never repair a tire with an injury more than 1/4 inch in diameter or an injury out of the “puncture repair area”.
7. Best to replace all four tires at the same time but we know this isn’t always possible due to budget. If you must purchase just two (never one!), the new ones must go in the rear of the vehicle.
8. When replacing tires, your vehicle tells you proper size and type tire needed on the side of the vehicle door.
9. Do your research to have an idea of what tires are recommended for your vehicle so that you go to the tire store prepared.
10. Avoid buying used tires as they may have hidden damage even if they don’t look worn.
Disclosure: Thanks to Cooper Tire for inviting me to the Supermom Event. Even though my travel expenses were covered, all statements, opinions, and comments are my own.