Cooper Tire Shares Tire Safety Tips for Fall

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It’s the beginning of fall and with every season, there’s a change in temperature and environmental conditions. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has decided to share some tire safety tips with drivers. This is in preparation for the challenging road conditions that come with autumn weather. At this time, drivers need to look out for increased debris, rain, and fluctuating temperatures.

According to Cooper Tire’s Director of Product Development Andrea Berryman, fall produces some of the most challenging road conditions. Tires are the only thing that connect drivers to the road. It is, therefore, crucial to ensure they have enough tread and are sufficiently inflated. This will enhance braking and increase safety.

On average, a drop in temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit results in loss of tire pressure by about one pound per square inch. Temperatures will be fluctuating from warm days to chilly nights. It’s crucial for drivers to check their tire pressure physically in addition to relying on the TPMS light.

Other hazards that people should look out for include slippery debris and wet roads. This could be augmented by wet leaves that often act like ice when you drive on them. Check to see that you have good tread which helps to prevent hydroplaning and to provide traction.

To maximize tire performance, drivers are advised to carry out these three maintenance checks:

  1. Check the overall state of your tires

Damaged tires are prone to air loss and shorter lifespans. To make sure your tires are fine, check for bulges, punctures, splits, cuts, or cracks. These will manifest on the exterior part of the tires. If you spot any of them, or aren’t sure of the condition of your tires, visit your nearest tire dealer for a professional inspection.

2. Check the tread depth

Adequate tread depth prevents hydroplaning, maintains traction, and improves handling. To check your tread pattern, take a penny and insert its edge into the tread. Ensure Lincoln’s head goes in first. If the top of his head is covered and not visible, you have an acceptable amount of tread. However, if the opposite is true, you’ll need to replace your tires.

3. Check inflation pressure

With proper inflation. drivers gain better control of their cars on the road. It also prevents unwanted wear and tear that may happen too fast. Use a tire pressure gauge to check if your tires have the ideal tire pressure recommended for your car. You can find this information in the car’s manual, fuel door or glove box, or on a sticker placed inside the car’s door.

Colder weather is also known to create potholes on the road. These holes can hide debris and other hazards that are harmful to your tires. According to Berryman, you should check your Cooper tires at least once a month. Also, ensure that you have the right set for a particular season.