The busy holiday travel season is upon us and it is now more important than ever that Nebraskans make sure tires are in good condition before hitting the open road. Kim Webber is the director of Government Affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association and says over 10% or 28-million cars on the road are driving with at least one bald tire. With hard Nebraska winters this is a huge concern as bald tires can not properly grip the road and can slide easily. Weber says they have come up with an educational initiative called “Be Tire Smart-Play Your PART” – PART meaning pressure, alignment, rotation and tread.
Webber says they recommend checking the tire pressure once a month and that includes the spare. When a vehicle is out of alignment it can cause uneven tire wear.
Rotating your tires every five to eight thousand miles will help them maintain even tread wear on all four. When it comes to tread, insert a penny head first in the tire groove and if you can see all of Lincoln’s head it is time to replace the tire.
A survey conducted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association shows 64% of all car owners didn’t know how to check the tread depth and 9% never do check.
Webber says bald tires are dangerous and during this holiday period it is important that your tires are in good working condition to keep you family safe on the road.