Tire Safety

Proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare.

Pressure: Under inflation results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat.
How to Check Tire Pressure
Alignment: A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.
Learn More About Your Alignment
Rotation: Regularly rotating your vehicle's tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle's owners manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles.
Details on Rotating Your Tires

Tread: Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

How to Check Tread
Recommended frequency for visual inspection and inflation pressure check of all our tires and the spare: Once a month and before every trip. More Facts

Sources: National Highway Safety Administration, Rubber Manufacturers Association


Winter Driving Tip

Before the snow arrives, make sure you and your tires prepared. READ MORE →

  • Driver’s Education
  • Used Tires
  • Tire Repair
The Rubber Manufacturers Association has launched its national driver education tire safety curriculum. The curriculum, developed by RMA for use in driver education courses, will be distributed free of charge to public and private high schools and independent driving schools throughout the United States.
The curriculum is designed to show students the simple steps of proper tire maintenance to help them become safe and successful operators of motor vehicles. The educational program uses activity sheets to address basic tire care and maintenance issues related to pressure, alignment, rotation and tread.
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The Rubber Manufacturers Association cautions that used passenger and light truck tires that have an uncertain or unknown history pose a potential risk. This pertains to used tires purchased as replacement tires or as equipped on a used vehicle. Used tires may have been exposed to improper service, maintenance or storage conditions and may have been damaged, which could eventually lead to tire failure. RMA has a tire industry service bulletin that lists a series of conditions under which a used tire should never be installed on a vehicle.
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Knowing the difference between a proper tire repair and an improper tire repair could be critical to vehicle safety. An improper tire repair could pose a safety hazard to you and your family and could also affect a tire manufacturer’s warranty.
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