In recognition of National Tire Safety Week, which extends from May 29 to June 4, Nissan is reminding drivers of the significant role that tires play in keeping them safe on the road.
Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that a tire that’s 25% below its recommended pressure is almost three times more likely to be involved in a tire-related crash than a properly inflated tire. Low tire inflation also costs money over the long term in reduced fuel economy and premature tire wear.
Nissan offers the following tire care and maintenance tips:
- 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 jamb.
- 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 5,000-7,000 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.