Your vehicle's tires are engineered to perform safely, day in and day out. But to do their job right, tires need regular maintenance. This pamphlet provides the information you need to maintain your tires properly.
Proper tire maintenance is not only critical to the safe operation of your vehicle, but will also:
- Improve fuel economy;
- Extend tire life;
- Provide better vehicle handling;
- Help to prevent avoidable breakdowns and collisions; and
- Reduce exhaust emissions that contribute to environmental and health problems.
Without proper maintenance, such as correct inflation pressure, tires could suddenly fail, causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
It's up to you!
Tires are often the most neglected part of a vehicle. They should be checked regularly – at least once a month. Tires are your only contact with the pavement. Without good tires that are properly inflated, your vehicle won't accelerate, brake or steer properly. Other safety devices such as antilock braking systems, traction control systems and stability control systems may not function correctly with tires that are not properly inflated. By following a few simple steps, you will increase your own safety. You will also improve on fuel economy and prolong the life of your tires, both of which will help to save energy and therefore reduce your vehicle's impact on the environment.
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