1-check tire pressure

Before starting on any trip remember your ride is all about your tires so if for some reason they are not in good condition, you could be by the side of the road watching traffic go by. 

The three things you should be checking in your pre-trip tire inspection are I, C, D:

I – is for Inflation, does each tire have the correct pressure?

C – Condition of each tire, any cuts or abrasions, cracks in the sidewalls, is the tire wear even?

D – Depth of tread, at least 4/32 “on the front tires and you CANNOT have retreads on the front tires.
At least 2/32 “on the rear tires and while you can have recaps on the rear, there is NO WAY I would.  

Recently I have become aware of a number of tire failures caused by the D most people do not think about, Date of Manufacture.  If your tires are more than five years old, no matter how good they look, replace them.  The tire pictured above is a new tire that replaced a six year old tire that looked perfect but blew-out at 60 mph on the freeway.  As you can see, the blowout caused damage to the RV and could have been much worse had not the experienced driver had both hands on the steering wheel. 

It’s so much easier to be pro-active, rather than re-active.  Keep safe and enjoy your trip!

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