Follow a tire inspection routine to help assure safety. Routine maintenance maximizes tire life, minimizes downtime and improves fleet operating efficiency.

1. Check tires for correct air pressures. Drivers should have an accurate pressure gauge and be instructed to check the tires daily.

2. Conduct a visual inspection of your vehicle's tires prior to operation. Look for signs of irregular wear in the tread or shoulder of the tire and examine the tire for bubbles or bumps caused by air infiltration or foreign objects.

3. Check the vehicle's owner's manual or the vehicle load and tire information placard to determine precise air pressure. It should provide initial data on the weight of the vehicle and standard load.

4. Never apply heat to the wheel when the tire is mounted. This can cause serious damage to tires and can cause them to explode, causing personal injury.

5. Store tires properly when they are not in use. Place them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to avoid premature aging.

6. Avoid mixing tires on your vehicle. i.e. avoid pairing a normal tread depth with a deep tread depth or a bias-ply tire with a radial.

7. Be sure to wash your tires. This helps to prevent premature aging of the tires and deterioration of the rubber.