When it comes to caring for your tires are you an ‘A+’ student or do you need to head back to school? Take our Tire Knowledge Quiz and see how you measure up!
Question: How often should you have your tires rotated?
- A) Every 3,000 miles
- B) Every 6,000-8,000 miles
- C) Once per year
- D) Only if tires are showing signs of irregular wear
Answer: B- Regularly rotating your tires is one of the easiest things you can do to maximize their life and ensure even wear. Your owner’s manual can give you an exact guideline but most tire manufacturers recommend rotating your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles. A good rule of thumb is every other regular oil change. Many auto repair facilities, including Belle Tire can send you a reminder via email when you are due for a rotation.
Question: What coin can you use to check your tire’s tread depth?
- A) A penny
- B) A quarter
- C) A dime
- D) A silver dollar
Answer: B – While using a penny used to be the industry standard, it is now widely recommended that using a quarter is the best way to check your tread depth. The Penny Test looks for 2/32” of remaining tread depth while the Quarter Test looks for 4/32”. The difference between the two could be your safety. Tires that can pass the Quarter Test stop an average of 24% shorter on wet pavement when traveling at 70 miles per hour compared to tires with just 2/32” of tread. This can be the equivalent of 12.5 school busses. In addition to significantly reducing braking distance, drivers will also notice an improvement in overall grip.
Question: Where can you easily find the recommended tire pressure for your tires?
- A) The tire information placard on your Drivers Side door
- B) On the sidewall of the tire
- C) In the truck with your spare
- D) In the owner’s manual
Answer: Trick question: The answer is A and D The recommended tire pressure for your tire can be found on the tire placard which is located in the driver’s side doorjamb or the owner’s manual. Be sure never to inflate your tires to the pressure that is listed on the tire itself. The number listed on the tire is the absolute maximum pressure the tire can hold, not a recommendation.
Question: What is the best way to check your tire pressure?
- A) Looking at the tire
- B) Kicking your tire
- C) Using a tire pressure gauge
- D) Waiting for the TPMS light to come on
Answer: C- The best and most accurate way to check your tire pressure is by using a quality tire pressure gauge. Visit any Belle Tire store location during business hours to check your tire pressure and use our free air.
Question: When should you have your alignment checked?
- A) When new tires are installed
- B) When new shocks and struts are installed
- C) If your tires are showing unusual wear
- D) All of the above
Answer: D- It is crucial to have your wheel alignment checked after installing new shocks and struts or tires. Irregular tire wear is a major indicator that your vehicle is out of alignment. You should have regular alignment checks to help ensure your vehicle is inline and that your tires are wearing properly. Alignment checks are free with your tire purchase at Belle Tire.
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