Thousands of Nebraskans will be hitting the road this Thanksgiving week and many are putting themselves at increased risk because of bad or worn tires on their vehicle. Dan Zielinski is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Rubber Manufacturers Association and says all drivers need to check their tires at least once a month.
Zielinski says, “The two most important things you can do to keep your tires road-ready for holiday travel are to check the tire pressure and inspect and measure the tread depth.” He says the penny test is the easiest way to check the tire tread is to take a penny, turn it upside down and insert it into the groove of the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head the tire is worn out and it is time to replace it.
Zielinski says their recent survey shows that nearly one-third of drivers do not know how to tell if their tires are bald. Bald tires cannot properly grip the road which leads to slipping, sliding and crashes and if your tire is under-inflated you risk a blowout. He says the only way to make sure tires are properly inflated is to use a tire gauge. The proper inflation pressure is on a sticker inside the driver’s side door.
Other tips include avoid overloading your vehicle as that puts extra stress on your tires and can lead to damage and reduced fuel economy. Remember to check the spare tire and it is properly inflated and ready when you need it the most.