Proper tire care and safety is easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking 5 minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare.
Our acronym of interest is P.A.R.T:
PRESSURE: under inflation is a tire’s #1 enemy.
It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat.
ALIGNMENT: Is your vehicle pulling to 1 side, or shaking?
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.
ROTATION: promotes uniform wear and tear.
Regular rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately ‘every 5,000 miles’ (or 8,000 km).
TREAD: measure it, and inspect it.
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.
BE SMART… AND PLAY YOUR PART!
(“TIRE MAINTENANCE & SAFETY”, via Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA)