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5 Things You May Not Know About Tires
Tires are pretty important, and here are 5 things you may not know (but probably should) about tires:
Do you know what type of tires you need? It all depends on the type of weather you're driving in:
The NHTSA has rated more than 5,580 tire lines based on tread wear, traction performance and temperature resistance. You can find the ratings here.
Poor tire maintenance can lead to a flat tire, blowout and increased wear on your tread - all of which can lead to an accident. Tire maintenance means making sure they're properly inflated (check the sticker in the door jamb or your owner's manual), balanced and aligned, rotated regularly and replaced when worn.
Well-maintained tires are safer and can save you money. They typically last longer, and the NHTSA says properly inflating your tires can save as much as 11 cents per gallon on fuel and extend the average life of a tire by 4,700 miles.
Check the pressure of all tires (including your spare!) monthly. The NHTSA says it's best to do this when the car hasn't been driven for at least 3 hours. When you check your tires' pressure, also take a look at the tread. The NHTSA suggests placing a penny in the tread with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires.
If you have a tire blowout, the most important thing to do is stay calm. If you slam on the brakes or take your foot off the accelerator, you could lose control of your vehicle. Instead, the NHTSA recommends:
Time, storage and environmental conditions can cause the rubber and other tire components to change. For vehicles driven regularly, your tires' treads will wear out before aging becomes a problem. But for vehicles driven less often, your spare tire, and - if you live in warm, sunny climates - aging can be a concern. You can't see signs of tire aging, so pay attention to maintenance, performance and age. Some manufacturers recommend replacing tires that are 6 to 10 years old, the NHTSA states.
Note: If you do have a blowout or get a flat tire, optional roadside assistance coverage with your auto policy can help. Contact a Bell Insurance agent to make sure you have the auto coverage you need!
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