summer tiresGetting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation. To keep your summer road trip rolling along, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends a quick tire check before you leave the driveway.

The excitement of summer vacation quickly deflates when your car has a flat tire. A quick four-step tire check will help you to avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.

  1. Check that all tires, including the spare, are inflated to recommended pressure levels.
  2. Check tire tread depth with a simple penny test – if you see Lincoln’s head above the tread, then it is time for new tires.
  3. Check for irregular wear as uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment.
  4. Check tires for cuts, bruises, bulges, bald spots or other irregularities that can lead to a flat tire.
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