Yokohama has always been an advocate of tire safety. However, there are some situations where a tire failure can’t be avoided, but by taking some simple time-efficient safety precautions, drivers can avoid most flat tires.
Tire technology has made some remarkable advancements in the last decade, but to be as safe as possible, drivers should regularly examine their tires before getting on the road.
It’s important to have the proper inflation pressure in your tires, as under inflation can lead to tire failure. The “right amount” of inflation for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on either the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual.
Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid treadwear and should be corrected by a tire dealer. Front-wheel-drive vehicles, and those with independent rear suspension, require alignment of all four wheels. Have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual or whenever you have an indication of trouble such as “pulling.”
Sometimes irregular tire wear can be corrected by rotating your tires. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual, the tire manufacturer or your tire dealer for the appropriate rotation pattern for your vehicle. (NOTE: If your tires show uneven wear, ask your tire dealer to check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical problem involved before rotation.)
Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. Traction, particularly in bad weather, and resistance to hydroplaning is reduced as tires wear. Built-in treadwear indicators, or “wear bars,” which look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread will appear on the tire when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch. When you see these “wear bars,” the tire is worn out and should be replaced.
Proper tire care and safety is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recommends getting in the habit of taking five minutes every month to check your tires, including the spare. If you think you may have a tire problem or are unsure of the condition of your tires, consult your tire dealer as soon as possible.
For more information on how you can safeguard yourself and your vehicle, please refer to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.