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How to Inspect Your Tires at Home

Learn the basics of inspecting your tires at home with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

A good set of tires can make the difference between a safe, smooth ride and dangerous vehicle on the road. Bad tires can cause other problems with your car, but tire failure can also cause a car crash. According to a 2013 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 11,000 car crashes per year are caused by tire failure. These crashes resulted from worn out tire tread, under-inflated tires and blowouts. This is why you need to make at-home tire inspections a regular part of your tire and car maintenance. Follow these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Inspect Your Tires at Home
A good set of tires can help keep you safe on the road. Learn how to inspect your tires at home with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

1. Check Your Tire Tread Depth

Worn out tread not only makes your vehicle less safe, it can also keep it from handling as well as it should. You can easily check your tire tread depth at home with a tire tread depth gauge. Read through our how-to article on measuring tire tread depth for further instructions.

Another way to test your tire tread is the penny test. Insert a penny into the tire’s tread groove, with Lincoln’s head down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get new tires.

You can also use the tread wear indicator bar that’s molded into the tires. If the tread wear bar is flush with the ribs of the tire, you need new tires.

2. Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining the correct tire pressure is another way you can stay safer on the road. With a tire pressure gauge, you’ll be able to read the PSI for your tires. The recommended PSI for your tires can be found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Learn all about checking your tire pressure with our how-to article.

3. Know Your Car

Finally, it’s important to listen to and know your car.  Vibration can mean there are bigger issues at hand, such as tire alignment or tire balance. If your car starts vibrating or making odd noises, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we know that safety is the number one priority on the road. That’s why we offer top tire brands like Goodyear, Michelin and Cooper Tire. That’s also why we provide quality tire services, ranging from tire repair to passenger tire mounting, and more. If you’re ready for new tires, you can request a quote online or call 1-800-365-9936 to schedule an appointment at your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

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