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Disclaimer – I have a material and/or financial connection because I received a gift, sample of a product and/or compensation for consideration in preparing to write this content. All opinions stated within are my own. Let’s face it, we all have things in our lives that we just don’t like to deal with.  For me, this would include paying the bills, scheduling appointments, fixing things that break around the house and car maintenance.  I’ve been known to leave a burnt out light bulb for months and repair things with duct tape. And I’m the person that waits until the gas light is flashing empty before I bother to fill up and go at least several hundred miles beyond when I really should get an oil change. But, as they say, admitting your problems is half the battle and I do understand that staying on top of things, especially car maintenance is important.   Recently, I found out from the folks at #Pirelli Tires that the week of May 24th is National Tire Safety Week (#tiresafetyweek) and during their Balancing Act #BalancingAct segment, they provided some great tips and advice on tire maintenance  (#PirelliTireSafetyTips) that we could all use. Here are the Pirelli Tire “Ten Commandments of Preventative Maintenance” for tires:

  1. Pressures should be periodically checked on cold tires (including the spare). Never “bleed” or reduce air pressure when tires are hot from driving, as it is normal for pressure to increase above recommended cold pressures
  2. Tires must be replaced when worn to the tread wear indicators, even if only in one part of the tread.
  3. Check the car setting periodically and/or following impacts or irregular wear.
  4. Balance the tires periodically and/or when vibration occurs. Then repeat step 2.
  5. When impacts and punctures occur have a check carried out on the inside of the tire too.
  6. Never park over patches of oil, solvents, etc., as they will caused tire damage.
  7. Comply with the speed rating and load index.
  8. Radial tires (even when new) must always be fitted on the rear axle; winter or studded must fitted in complete sets.
  9. Driving style and speed directly affect tire life.
  10. Have the general tire condition checked regularly

Now that the summer season is officially here, people will be on the road even more.  Pass this blog along and share these tips about tire safety with all of your friends and family.  Let’s keep our roads safe this summer! Pirelli-Infographic

21 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for all of the tips on how to maintain your car tires. I really like the tip that your driving style and your speed affect the tire life. If you drive recklessly, then your tires won’t last as long as if you drive carefully. I need to follow these tips more often. In fact, I had better go change my car tires. They haven’t been changed in a while.

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  2. Thank you for providing such an excellent info-graphic on tire safety tips. As someone who is not very familiar with car maintenance, I wasn’t sure how often I need to check my tire pressure or rotate my tires. Actually, I don’t even know what “rotating tires” means! Can I rotate my tires myself or do I have to take my car into a mechanic every 5,000 miles to get my tires rotated?

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  3. I found it very interesting that low tire pressure increases your risk for flat tires and less handling capabilities when driving. One of my auto wheels in the back of my car has been pretty low for a while but I have been putting off taking it in. I am worried that it might be damaged so I will definitely have to take it in. Thanks for the wonderful insights!
    http://www.tiredistributors.com/index.htm

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  4. I appreciate the tip about checking tire pressure when the tires are cold. My family is preparing to go on a road trip, and I was concerned when I found the tire pressure so high. It’s good to know that it is normal for pressure to increase as the tires warm up. I will be sure to keep that in mind!

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  5. Thanks for sharing these preventative maintenance tips! I’ll be sure to balance the tires periodically. I don’t think I’ve ever done it before, so I’m sure they’re in need!

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  6. Your comment about having your general tire condition checked regularly, is great advice. A few months ago, my tire kept going flat. I would fill it up, but a day later, it would deflate again. So, we took it to a tire service, and they found a nail in the tire. It’s smart to get your tires checked regularly. Thanks for sharing your great tips and comments.

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  7. These maintenance tips are really helpful. A lot of these are getting your tires checked on more often. I think that driving right and making sure that professionals are checking your tires seem to be the way to go. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Thanks for these tips. I needed to know how to balance out the timing of the tire checks. I’ve seen a few people “bleed” the tire, as you mentioned in your first tip, to supposedly balance out the pressure. I’m glad to know not to do that.

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  9. I’m trying to educate my wife about her car, since she doesn’t have any clue how to do car maintenance. These tips will be perfect for her, especially the one about balancing tires periodically, which is very important. I’m going to print off this list so that she can keep it with her, so thanks for sharing!

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  10. I find this really interesting. Taking care of car parts can be really difficult sometimes. However, I am glad that there is a guide of some great tips for my tire maintenance. This way I can track it better.

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  11. My little brother just got new wheels for his car and loves them so far. He wants to make sure that they stay in good condition, so he is looking up ways to help him maintain these tires properly. I’ll have to show him this and see if it can help him out at all.

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  12. I didn’t realize that driving style and speed could affect the life of the tires in your car. A friend of mine likes to drive fast. Is he more likely to have shorter tire lifespans than me?

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  13. Great advice from Pirelli. They are a great brand. They know their stuff when it comes to tires. Also, great infographic. Very useful!

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  14. Tires are the prior parts of the vehicle’s and it should be maintained very well because if these are not maintained well then it may lead to a dangerous situation for the driver driving the car. The car owner must timely check the tire pressure and its wheel alignment and its adequate rotating or not?. The tire pressure is much valuable because it controls the whole body of the car on the road and helpful in adequate cornering of the car. The cease in the tire pressure may lead to a serious accident and get punctured soon. So, this a part of the basic car maintenance and needs some good service center to check the adequate maintenance. For more information contact on this URL:
    http://euroautomotive.net/german-auto-repair-services.html

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  15. Thanks for sharing this great post about car tire safety! I especially appreciate your tip to rotate your tires every five thousand miles. I didn’t realize that this should be done so frequently, but I’ll be sure to do so in the future!

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  16. Observing tips such as these is a good idea because it preserves the lifespan of your tires. Having to replace your tires is an expensive cost!

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  17. Having tires that are in good condition seems like an important part of keeping me safe on the road, so I should start going through this checklist of how I should maintain my tires. Rotating them after every five thousand miles seems like an important maintenance tip that I need to start doing. That can probably help prevent some uneven wear, so I’ll make sure to take my car to a mechanic to have them rotated.

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  18. I’m always trying to make sure y car is safe, and tires are a big part of that. I appreciate all these tips on what to do to keep your tires in good condition. I think I may need to get mine replaced when I take off my winter tires this year. Also, thanks for the tip to rotate tires every 5,00 miles. I didn’t know that you should do it that regularly. Thanks!

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  19. I should probably be better about checking my tire pressure. I don’t think I’ve even looked at the spare tire in years, let alone checked its pressure! I’ll be sure to be better about checking the pressure and wear on my tires and get them replaced as needed. Thanks for the advice!

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  20. Very good and informative. Thanks for your efforts.

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  21. Thank you for the tips. I just got a new set of tires and want to maintain them better. I had not heard about balancing the tires. Is that typically done when they are installed and again when they are rotated?

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