Smart Traction

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 or The Tire Rack at