The weather always has an effect on your car, and summer is no exception. You would much rather be worrying about your tan rather than your tires, but as the temperature outside warms up, you will have a change in your tire pressure, so it’s important to occasionally check it. Your owner’s manual or the label on the inside of your door show recommended inflation levels.

Checking tread depth is also important. Watch and learn how $.25 can save your life.

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You have questions, Pat Goss has answers. Do I need to do anything to my tires now that the weather is heating up? As the weather warms up you’re certainly going to have a change in tire pressure but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to deflate them. You look at the label on the door jam of the car. Now in some cars it will be inside the fuel-filler door as well. Whatever that specification is, you adjust the pressure in your tires when they’re cold, which means they haven’t been driven on for at least four hours. You adjust it to what that label says. Not more, not less, but while you’re doing that you also want to check the tread depth on your tires. As tires wear down, the ability to get good traction when it rains and so on, that diminishes dramatically. The old rule was that you used a penny and you put it into the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, well that means your tires are worn out. Well, actually they found out that’s really not all that safe. So, now the recommendation is a quarter into the lowest spot in the tread you can find, not the deepest but the shallowest. If you can see the top of George’s head your tires are worn out and need to be replaced.