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One Thing NY Motorists Should Do Before Thanksgiving

New Yorkers who plan to be on the road during the Thanksgiving holiday should take a quick minute to check the pressure on their car tires.

Tires with too much or too little air are an invitation to trouble – especially during a time of year when roadways are jammed – says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

All tires, including those on trailers and the spare, should be inspected.

Following are some other tire safety tips:

  • Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, or other signs of trauma. Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
  • Make sure all tire valves have valve caps.
  • 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.
  • Slow down if you have to go over a pothole or other object in the road.
  • Do not run over curbs, and try not to strike the curb when parking.
  • Tires have built-in treadwear indicators. These are raised sections spaced intermittently in the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear even with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires.

A few simple precautions – and a dose of commonsense – will ensure that your holiday is one to be truly thankful for.

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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/Vehicle+Safety/Tires

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