Don’t Forget to Check the Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Spare Tire

Remember seeing that person on the side of the road with a flat and thinking “Bummer” as you went by on your merry way?  Well, don’t just thank your lucky stars that you can’t remember the last time your car had a flat tire.  Be thankful for the reminder that flats can and do happen.  Then ask yourself if you can remember the last time you checked your spare tire pressure.  It may not seem important enough to add to your “To Do” list, but if you ever have a flat you’ll be glad you did.

Common recommendations suggest checking the pressure of your spare tire every month at the same time you check the pressure in the tires you’re driving on.  I found quite a bit of useful information on spare tires at the Tire Rack website.

It’s also a good idea to:

  • Know what kind of spare tire your car is equipped with since many of today’s cars have “temporary use” spares designed only to get you to a service facility that can replace or repair your flat tire.
  • Have a tire pressure gauge on hand.  They’re a relatively inexpensive but necessary tool if you’re going to check tire pressure on a routine basis as is recommended.  Since they don’t take up much space they can easily be stored in the corner of your glove box compartment or car console.

Though it might be easy to put this maintenance item off, you’ll be glad you didn’t if you ever find yourself on the side of the road with a flat.

For additional information related to this topic see Check Tire Pressure.

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