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There are many factors that contribute to the safety and usability of tires and should be taken into consideration when deciding exactly when to replace your aging tires.

As the global tire and wheel authority, TECH can attest to the fact that if properly cared for, tires can last anywhere from 6-10 years. Here are four simple steps you can take to get the most out of your tires:

  1. Check your car’s tire tread with a penny! Turn Lincoln’s head upside down facing you. If you see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch, which means it’s time to replace your tires.
  1. Check tire pressure at least once a month, even if you have a monitoring system! Not all tires will appear under inflated, even if they’re under-inflated by as much as 50%. If you don’t know the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, most tire pressure charts can be found on the inside of your driver’s side door.
  1. Perform a weekly tire inspection looking for signs of damage such as exposed steel belts, sidewall gashes, or signs of uneven wear.
  1. Rotate your tires with every oil change. You will not only enjoy much longer tire life but also a smoother ride.

These four tips will help you maximize the life of your tires and ensure they are fit to provide many miles of safe driving.

Tire Safety Week helps remind us of just how important tires are for our safe and pleasurable driving experience, whether on a “Big Rig” or your personal SUV. Check back tomorrow to see how much you learned this week from our TECH Tire Tips by taking TECH’s Tire Safety Quiz!

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