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Summer Road Trip Tire Safety Tips

With summer right around the corner, it’s a great time to do some routine checks on you tires, including your spare tire and car jack.  Summer road trips are the last place you want to get stuck without a spare.  Simple steps now could save you a lot headache and the risk of being stranded on the side of the road!

Tires lose air pressure naturally over time.  This is why we recommend that you regularly check you tire pressure monthly and include your spare tire on check list.  If you have an older car, tires expire after a decade, as suggested by many tire manufactures even if they appear to be new.

When checking the spare tire, take a look at the mounting hardware of the spare tire.  Certain vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs, the spare is stored under the vehicle and are more than likely exposed to weather.  This could cause the mounting brackets to become stuck and hard to release.  Make sure that you can retrieve the tire from the undercarriage or the trunk, which ever place your tire is stored.  Even tires in the trunk can be susceptible to corrosion.

Now that the tire is out, inspect it just as you would your tire on the car, looking for any tread wear or sidewall damage. If there are any visible signs of damage or tread wear beyond the wear bars, then it’s time to get a new spare.  Depending on the manufacture’s recommendations, some spare tires should be replaced after just one use, refer to your owner’s manual for more details.

Before going on a road trip, if you have never changed a tire before, it may be a good idea to give it a trail run.  Nothing is more nerve racking than having the stress of a flat tire on the side of the road, and then added to the stress of not ever having changed a tire before.  Give it a try in your drive way or any safe location so that you can become familiar with the process!  This will also give you a chance to see if you car jack is working properly.  Also make sure it’s on flat ground, car can easily roll of the jack.

It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency kit with either road flares and/or reflective triangles to been seen when changing a tire, also turn on your emergency flashers to raise your visibility to other drivers.  Make sure that you have a charged phone and contact information for roadside assistance.  Practicing these steps can save you a lot of time and headache, and keep you safe while traveling. 

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Written on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by
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