Nissan's Tips for Proper Tire Care

This week is National Tire Safety Week, and to help raise awareness of the importance of proper tire care and maintenance, Nissan has issued a press release with a few tips to keep your tires rolling smoothly and safely.

Tire pressure is of utmost importance. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a tire that is 25 percent below the recommended pressure is three times more likely to be involved in a tire-related crash. Low tire pressures also contribute to reduced fuel economy and premature wear.

When it comes to tire safety, other factors to be aware of include:

  • Inspect visually. Regularly look for visual signs of potential tire issues which may include under-inflation, damage or uneven wear. Inspect tires before a long trip to help avoid unnecessary delays or expenses.
  • Know your target. Find and adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, which is located in the vehicle’s driver-side door jam.
  • Be temperature-conscious. Tire pressures fluctuate with temperature changes. Check pressures when tires are cold (in the morning) at least once a month and following significant changes in temperature. Use an easy-to-read digital gauge for accuracy. A digital readout is displayed in the center cluster of many Nissan models.
  • Rotate and balance. Achieve maximum life and performance from tires by rotating them every 5000-7,000 miles. Also, balance tires periodically to help minimize uneven wear and extend tread life.
  • Don’t overload. Avoid loading tires past their recommended rating. Excessive weight can weaken tires and potentially lead to blowouts.
  • Avoid obstructions. Steer clear of large potholes, curbs or other objects when possible to avoid potential tire damage.

Nissan also reminds drivers that standard tire pressure monitoring systems include gauges that vary in pressure readings by three or four pounds from tire to tire. "Nissan’s easy-to-use technology, Easy-Fill Tire Alert, takes the guesswork out of filling tires to the correct pressure with a beep of the horn when proper pressure is reached."

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