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Tire Safety Tips

Keep your car rolling (and yourself safe) with proper tire care.


Pay close attention to your vehicle's tires. They could save your life – and help keep a little cash in your pocket.

Bald or under-inflated tires can separate from the rim or blow out, causing a serious accident. These conditions also contribute to shorter tire life and worse gas mileage.

To assure you're riding on safe tires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers these guidelines and standards on tire inflation, tread and vehicle load limits.

  • Check tire pressure regularly (at least once a month), including your spare.

  • Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma.

  • Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.

  • Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

  • Check tire pressure before going on a long trip.

  • Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner's manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.

  • If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

For additional protection ...

Consider American Family Insurance Emergency Roadside Protection coverage.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards.

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