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:
- 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
- Tires must be replaced when worn to the tread wear indicators, even if only in one part of the tread.
- Check the car setting periodically and/or following impacts or irregular wear.
- Balance the tires periodically and/or when vibration occurs. Then repeat step 2.
- When impacts and punctures occur have a check carried out on the inside of the tire too.
- Never park over patches of oil, solvents, etc., as they will caused tire damage.
- Comply with the speed rating and load index.
- Radial tires (even when new) must always be fitted on the rear axle; winter or studded must fitted in complete sets.
- Driving style and speed directly affect tire life.
- 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!