Just as other parts of your vehicle require regular maintenance, so do your tires. To prevent the potentially disastrous accident that can occur as a result of tire failure, there are steps you can take to ensure you and your family are safe.
– Safety experts advise that tires should be replaced after six years, regardless of wear. Every tire has a DOT code on its sidewall, and the last three digits of this code represent the week of the year followed by the last digit of the year in which it was manufactured. (So if the last three digits are 436, that means the tire was manufactured in the 43rd week of 2006.)
– Know what brand and type of tires you have, and monitor tire recalls at www.dmv.org.
– Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires can slowly lose air pressure through the rubber and through seasonal temperature changes.
– Rotate your tires regularly to help ensure more uniform wear for all tires on your vehicle.
– Regularly inspect your tires for bulges, blisters and cracks.