Always buckle your seat belt. Practice good driving habits, which will help keep your tires in good condition.
- Obey posted speed limits.
- Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns.
- Avoid potholes and other objects on the road.
- Do not run over curbs or hit your tires against the curb when parking.
- Do not overload your vehicle. Check your vehicle’s tire information in the owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for your vehicle.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Vehicles equipped with Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) can help motorists detect loss of inflation pressure. Federal regulations require TPMS to warn drivers when tires are 25% under inflated. For many vehicles this warning may be too late to prevent damage caused by under inflation. TPMS units are NOT a replacement for monthly tire pressure checks with a gauge.
Nitrogen gas can be safely used in place of compressed air to inflate tires. Nitrogen may aid in tire pressure retention as it does not seep through a tire as quickly as compressed air. Other sources of potential air loss such as punctures, damage or a faulty valve will not be slowed by nitrogen inflation. Whether tires are inflated with compressed air or nitrogen, tire pressure MUST be checked every month to ensure proper tire inflation. Proper tire care helps the environment. Under inflated tires waste fuel. Properly inflated tires help promote better fuel economy. Additionally, regular care helps tires get the most potential wear so they don’t need to be replaced as often.