Yes, You Should Check Your Tires. Here’s How. [Infographic]

Most people don’t think much about their tires, but checking them regularly is an important safety measure.

You are three times more likely to be involved in a crash if your tires are underinflated by more than 25 percent. Underinflation can also overheat your tires, which makes steering difficult, adds excessive wear and tear to your tires, and also causes them to fail.

So how often should you check your tires? At least once a month. Here are main things you need to look at.

  • The depth of your tread. Use the penny and quarter test described below to see if your tread is at the right depth.
  • Your treadwear. Most tires actually have a tread wear indicator that will show you when your tires are close to worn out.
  • Cracks and tire damage. If you see cracks in the rubber, you need to buy new tires ASAP.

Also make sure you have the best type of tire for your climate, especially if it’s rainy or snowy.

Here’s the infographic from Fix.

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  1. If you are going to Washington, be certain you bring rain gear. An umbrlela isn’t totally necessary, but a good water proof coat and boots is. It’s really nice out there, but it can go from warm and sunny to wet and cold pretty fast. The roads shouldn’t be too terrible, even if it’s been snowing. It warms back up and just gets muddy alot. Layers are good for cold weather, and NO cotton. Cotton can’t keep your heat in when it’s wet. Wool and polyester fleece are best. If you can layer though you have options to take off and put on to match the weather and activities you are doing. Have a safe and fun trip, it’s beautiful out there.

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