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Consumer Reports: Road trip-ready tires

Posted at 7:00 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 22:00:11-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - Big changes in temperature like from winter-to-spring-to-summer can really affect tire pressure! Check the air pressure level on your tires and adjust it to the number listed on the ‘tire information placard found on the driver’s door jamb. Properly inflated tires last longer AND make your car more fuel efficient! This is a good time to check the pressure on your car’s spare tire, too!

“You’re going to want to inspect all four of your tires to check for any cuts, cracks, or blisters or any damage from hitting pothole or a curb," says vehicle expert, Keith Barry.

It’s also a good time to check on how worn your tires have become.

“You can check the tread depth of your tires using a quarter," says Barry. "So, put it head down into one of the grooves of tread. If you can see the top of George Washington’s head it’s time to start shopping for new tires.”

Worn tires tend to take longer to stop on wet pavement and hydroplane on water more frequently. If it is time for new tires, CR recommends the Michelin CrossClimate Plus all weather tires.

CR also says it may also be time to rotate your tires. You’ll find that info in your car owner’s manual. Regular rotations keep the tires wearing evenly and can even make them last longer!