We’ve said it before but it’s definitely worth repeating: TIRES are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on your car. Yet fewer than half of all drivers check their tires regularly.
The Rubber Manufacturer’s Association (yes, there really is such a thing – it’s a trade association for U.S. tire manufacturers) wants you to “Be Tire Smart – play your PART.” The acronym PART is a great way to remember four very important facets of tire maintenance:
P is for PRESSURE: Check your tire pressure every month
If your tires are underinflated, you’ll spend more money on gas, your tires will wear out faster, and you’re more likely to be involved in an accident.
A is for ALIGNMENT: Have wheel alignment checked once a year (or more often)
If you’ve ever hit a pothole, your wheels could be out of alignment. But it can also just happen gradually over time. You should also have alignment checked every time you get new tires, and any time you notice uneven tire wear or the car “drifting” or pulling to one side.
R is for ROTATION: Rotate your tires every 5,000 – 8,000 miles
Frequent rotation helps your tires wear more evenly and last longer, and can even save you money at the gas pump. To make it easy to remember, do it whenever you get your oil changed.