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This one is near and dear to me, only omission is need for TPMS ;)

With the arrival of National Tire Safety Week (April 25 to May 1), Michelin is reminding drivers that tire safety starts with good tire maintenance. Last year, studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than one-quarter of all passenger vehicles ride on at least one substantially under-inflated tire, with nine percent perched on at least one bald tire. How should you keep your tires in shape? Michelin's Mac Demere suggests the following:

-Set tires to the right pressure - Drivers should follow the recommended air pressure from the vehicle manufacturer as listed on a sticker located on the vehicle's door jamb, glove box door or in the owner's manual.

-Check tire tread depth - In most states, the minimum legal tread depth is 2/32 of an inch. If you place a penny upside down in your tire's shallowest groove and you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln's head, it's time to buy new tires.

-Inspect tires monthly - Knowing what to look for is only useful if you actually take the time to look. Get in the habit of frequently inspecting tires for proper inflation, damage or wear. If something doesn't look right, take your car to a tire dealer for closer inspection.

-Replace tires properly - If you only replace two tires at a time, mount them on the rear axle. Otherwise, your car could lose rear traction in the rain and spin out.

-Proper alignment is important - Have your car's suspension re-aligned when you buy new tires, if you notice uneven wear or if it has been a while since your last alignment. A suspension that is not aligned properly can wear out new tires after only a few thousand miles and adversely affect gas mileage.
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