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Welcome to our June blog! In case you hadn’t heard, June is an important month for tire safety. National Safety Tire Week is from June 28 through July 4, just in time for most summer holiday travel. It’s a time for raising awareness of the issues that can come up with a worn or faulty tire.
As COVID-19 begins to shrink away and we begin to trust each other again, more and more people will be taking to the highways for trips out, as summer places and theme parks will begin reopening this year. If you’re going to a family reunion this year or take a much-needed vacation, be aware that the roads are once again filled with drivers who have the same idea, and while they may trust their cars, they might not wish to use planes for some time, as those spaces still require masks to be worn.
It’s a critical skill to check your tires, as they are crucial to your car’s safety. As seen in the above video, here are four major things you should always check on your tires before going on a long road trip:
Check the tread depth -- you need your tires to have treads and grooves to disperse water, avoiding hydroplaning. With the help of a quarter, you can verify that if you can’t see the top of George Washington’s head by placing it in the groove, you have good tread depth. If you can, you need to consider getting new tires soon.
Look for belting -- check for patches of belting or damage to your tires. This usually occurs when you’ve run the car into curbs and torn away from the flesh of your tire. If you can see steel belting coming out, the tires are damaged and can come undone very quickly without warning.
Check the tire pressure -- Most cars know if the tire pressure is correct by the suspension’s performance. Before every long trip, take the time to inflate each tire to its total pounds-per-square-inch value (listed on the side of the tire and the inside of the driver’s side door.
Make sure to rotate them -- It’s a bright idea to rotate your tires with every other oil filter change to make sure they are getting enough attention. (It’s a good idea also to have your auto repair shop inflate the spare tire with each rotation to make sure it’s functioning correctly in an emergency)
Play it safe and bring your car to American Five Star for a tire check before you hit the road this summer! We want to help you keep your vehicle on the road in the best possible shape. To schedule an appointment for auto repair or preventive maintenance, make an appointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!