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Before Traveling, Check Tires for Safety

27 November 2013  

Traveling this week?

Make sure your car is safe and ready for the trip, says Diego Negrete from Tire Bros.

Your tires are one of the most important things to check for road safety. They need to be properly inflated, with plenty of tread. A tire shop can help ensure you're good to go.

Negrete said that his shop, Tire Bros., (302 S. Montezuma) is happy to check tires to make sure that you can arrive safely at your destination with no charge or obligation to purchase anything.

"We just want to make sure that people get to their destination safely," he said. "We want to make sure the tires are not dry-rotted. Keep your tires fully inflated. You also want to make sure all your fluids are filled and at the proper levels."

"Snow tires are best for places with snowy roads," Negrete added.

tire badshape

This tire has the threads showing, low and uneven wear of the tread and what looks like dry rot.
A tire like this must be replaced immediately. It is unsafe to drive on. 

MSN offers these top ten tire safety tips:

  1. Check tire pressures and adjust at least once a month.
  2. Inspect tires regularly for abnormal wear or damage.
  3. Rotate tires every 6000 miles or according to owner's manual.
  4. Maintain tires in proper balance.
  5. Maintain steering and suspension in proper alignment
  6. Never overload a tire.
  7. Avoid overheating tires.
  8. Replace tires when required.
  9. Install tires in matched pairs or complete sets.
  10. Select the right tires for your vehicle and driving environment.

Tire Bros. sells both new and used tires. Negrete said that if people are purchasing used tires, they need to be sure that the tire isn't too old, that the tread is good, and there is no dry rot. "You don't get a warranty, of course, with used tires. And you don't know how it was maintained. But, it is a way to get by if you're not ready to purchase new tires."

He added that the Tire Bros. shop policy is to replace a used tire if there is a problem within a month, but not every company has the same policy. So, make sure when you're buying a used tire that you understand the terms clearly.

In case you're wondering, yes, Tire Bros. does sell new tires, too. Which brands? "We can get pretty much anything," Negrete said.

Tire Bros. is open 8-6, Monday - Saturday. If you have questions, you can call them at 928-445-5687

 

 

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