April 1, 2003
can cause damage to your tires. Periodically, have your alignment checked by a mechanic.
Rotate: Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 7,000 miles for more uniform wear on wheels.
Check treading: Always examine tires for damage and or advance wear, which can affect the tire’s traction, particularly during adverse weather conditions. Tires must be replaced when worn to one-sixteenth of an inch or more.
“Tires are the only part of the vehicle that touch the road,” says Zielinski. “They shouldn’t be treated as a haphazard. [The wrong tires] are equivalent to buying the wrong shoes.”
For more information on tire purchases and maintenance, visit the Rubber Manufacturers Association on the Web at www .rma.org or The Tire Rack at www.tirerack.com.