Inspecting your car’s tires may seem like an easy item to check off your to-do list, but it can be incredibly important to your safety on a long trip.
“Those four patches of rubber the size of your hand are the only thing between your 4,500-pound car and the road,” Calkins points out.
He recommends checking your tire pressure at least once a month, and every time you’re planning on heading out on a longer trip. If you can’t remember the proper pressure your car needs, the information is typically printed on a decal on the driver’s side door jam.
Don’t use the number molded on the side of your tire — this information relates to the tire size, not the correct air pressure for your car’s tires.
Calkins' last tire tip may seem like common sense, but can make a huge difference when things go awry. If your car came with a spare tire, don’t forget to make sure that it’s actually in the car before you leave home.