Regular car maintenance is important and, according to Cooper Tire, there are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe.
According to former IndyCar driver Johnny Unser, who's also a dad and a representative for Cooper Tire, you should find your correct tire pressure. Drivers should follow the guidelines in the vehicle owner's manual or tire placard (or sticker) attached to the vehicle door edge to determine the correct tire and air pressure for their vehicle. A common myth is that the tire pressure listed on the sidewall is the optimal pressure, while in reality it is the maximum pressure.
Cooper Tire recommends that you check the tread on your vehicle's tires. Tire tread depth should be more than 2/32 of an inch all around the tire. Drivers can check this using a U.S. penny. Insert the edge of the coin into the tread with Lincoln going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln's head is covered by tread, that means there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread; if the top of his head is visible at any location on the tire, the tire is worn out and it's time to replace it.
Cooper Tire recommends checking your vehicle's tires' air pressure. Air pressure should be checked when the tires are cool, meaning they are not hot from driving even a mile. Check air pressure at least once per month, or before any long trips, because under-inflation creates excessive stress on the tire, while over-inflation can cause uneven wear as well as handling and braking issues.