By using a penny as a quick reference, insert the penny into the tread groove with Lincoln's face showing, but with his head upside-down. If you are able to see all of Lincoln's head, the tire needs replacement.
Winter Driving Tips
- Always know the weather before you get on the road. Remember to be extra careful when driving on bridges and overpasses; they are the first to freeze over. Be aware of black ice. Black ice occurs when the road appears to be dry but is darker and shinier than usual. Slow down when driving through these areas.
- Always Buckle Up!
- Slow Down (this includes turning, braking, stopping and accelerating).
- Stay Alert. Make sure you are aware of what the other drivers around you are doing.
- Stay in Control. If you do begin to fishtail, turn in the direction of the skid and make sure to keep your foot off of the brake and gas pedals. If you must brake on a slippery surface, be sure to pump the brakes gently unless you have ABS (Anti-lock Braking System). If you have ABS, press the brake firmly and hold. Do not pump the brakes if you have ABS-this will lessen the effect of your brakes.
- Avoid steep hills if possible. Use alternate routes even if they are a little longer-they may be safer.
- Keep enough distance between yourself and other cars. Slick conditions can triple the distance it takes to come to a complete stop.
- Keep your low beam headlights on...no matter what time of day it is.
Check the pressure in your tires once per month
Under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat! Air pressure can go up (in warm weather) and go down (in cold weather). 1 to 2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.
Check tread depth once per month.
You should have at least a 1/16 inch of tread depth
Changing your oil Every 3,000 miles
Rotating your tires Every 6,000 miles
Balancing your tires Every 12,000 miles
Check your brakes Every 20,000 miles
Change your Fuel Filter Every 25,000 miles
Change Serpentine Belt Every 60,000 miles or 4 years
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