Tire Terms & Safety

Proper inflation, temperature changes, repair

When we are on the go and thinking about getting somewhere, we are thankful to have a car to get us there. But, what really comes to mind when we are in a rush to get going?

Most people would probably think about having enough fuel, their car not starting, or having a dead battery. What about the tires? We can have all the working parts that make our car go, but what about the tires? Without them, we would simply go nowhere.

For safety reasons, it's a good idea to make sure we not only have tires, but they are safe to drive on. Unsafe tires on a wet road can not only end in the ditch, but it can also leave us stranded or interfere with getting the best gas mileage. So what is vital in terms of tire safety?


The U.S. Department of Transportation says you should replace tires when they reach 2/32." New tires usually are 10/32."

Tire Pressure

Be sure your tires have the correct air pressure. Most cars recommend 32-35 psi when cold as tires heat up as you drive and increase pressure. The specifications for your vehicle can be found on a sticker inside your driver's door or the owner's manual.

Rotation, Balance, and Alignment

It's a good idea to get your tires rotated and balanced about every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or whatever your brand of tire recommends. When your vehicle's steering wheel is shaking or vibrating, consider getting your tires balanced. If your car is not driving straight, you may need the wheels aligned.

Wear and Tear

It's essential to inspect your tires every month for general wear and tear, just like you check the oil or other fluids in your car. Make sure they have the correct tire pressure, ensure the tread is good, and get them rotated periodically. 

Written by Reggie Stewart