Tires are often overlooked and forgotten when it comes to passenger vehicles. Not only do they have an affect on the mileage of the vehicle but also on the overall safety of the vehicle.
Let’s take a look at a few tips from Automotive Fleet that will help you & other fleet managers ensure proper tire safety on a passenger cars:
Tip #1: Understand how to properly inspect a tire.
Before heading out on the road, drivers should inspect all four car tires for any damage, including nails. Also look at the tread depth and tire inflation.
Tip #2: Understand how to check the tire pressure.
Yes, many vehicles today may already come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) but it’s important drivers still know how to properly check tire pressure and where to find the OEM’s recommended tire pressure rating. Tires can lose up to one psi per month under regular conditions and an addition one psi for every 10°F drop in temperature.
Tip #3: Get periodic tire maintenance.
Take the car in for regular tire rotations, alignment and balancing to help evenly spread tire wear and to provide another check for any damage. Our software offers the option to add in scheduled maintenance reminders so you’ll never miss tire maintenance and keep your vehicles in the safest condition.
Tip #4: Check the tread depth on tires frequently.
There are a couple easy and fast ways to check the tread depth on tires; use a small tool specifically made for the job, or a penny can work fine just to eyeball any problems. If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is covered up by tire tread, that’s a sign you are safe and good to go!
Tip #5: Know how to read a tire’s sidewall.
This skill allows a quick check to know if on a specific vehicle type, the right tire is being used.
Author Lauren Fletcher in Automotive Fleet: Keeping Passenger Car Tires Safe