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Top Tire Tips for Ensuring Your Safety on the Road

With all of the advanced technology that goes into new cars these days, it is easy to forget about the most basic aspects of your vehicle -- the tires. Proper tire maintenance is just as important as caring for the rest of your vehicle. Ensure your safety on the road by checking your tires regularly to make sure they are still in perfect condition. If you notice anything strange, bring your vehicle to the incredible service technicians at our Lakewood Chrysler Jeep dealership immediately.

There's a simple method drivers have been using for years to check how much longer they can wait before purchasing new tires, and all you need is a penny. Just place the penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you see the top of Lincoln's head or any of the copper above his head, don't wait any longer to replace your tires. If Lincoln's hair is partially visible, prepare to purchase new tires soon. When you can't see any of his hair, your tires are in good condition and have some time remaining. This test should serve as a basic  guide, but don't ignore other visible warning signs.

Keep Your Tires in Top Shape By Being Mindful of the Following:

  • Driving frequently in poor weather conditions wears down the treads on your tires quickly.

  • Tires lose traction when the tread wears down, and the tread diverts liquids like snow and rain to prevent the car from hydroplaning  or skidding.

  • Check tire pressure regularly to make sure they're  fully inflated and to avoid blowouts.

  • Tires  do not age well -- replace your tires after six years or 50,000 miles.

  • Other signs your tires may not last much longer include wear bars (smooth rubber across the tire head), bubbles in the tire and cracking along the tread.

  • Check your tires immediately if you feel a sudden loss of tire pressure or vibrations while driving.