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Your tires are what keep you rolling. They're the ones gripping and handling the surface of the road as you maneuver your car. Needless to say, well-functioning tires are pretty essential to your ride. Your tires are strong, but they aren't supernatural, which is why we recommend the following notes as a good read for learning some quick and helpful facts on proper tire care.

One of the biggest things to remember is that no one is above the law nor are they the exception to the rule. Whether you're a new driver or a proud veteran, it's important to drive the speed limit and always be alert. No matter how great of a driver you may be, there are always outside influences, such as unsafe drivers, poorly kept roads and harsh climates, that could lead to intense tire damage.

Your tires may be fierce and strong, but they're not infallible. From driveway dips to potholes, there are many road hazards that can damage your tires. If you live in a four-season state, roads can become bumpy with potholes as temperatures warm at the end of winter. If a pothole is hit hard enough, your tires risks getting punctured, losing alignment or possibly being damaged beyond repair.

At the same time, it's also important to remember not to swerve suddenly to avoid a pothole. As tempting and easy as it may feel, it's not safe and it only takes a flash of a second to run into another car. Your safest bet is to first check to see if you can safely change lanes before hitting the foreseen pothole ahead. If this cannot be executed, the best thing to do is drive at safe speeds so you can slow down and minimize the impact of a pothole if you need to drive over one.

Overloading your car can severely damage your tires or could even cause a blowout. If you're concerned that this may be you, check your owner's manual or the placard inside your vehicle door for the gross vehicular weight rating.

It seems like a no brainer, but keeping your tires properly inflated is so essential to tire car care that we cannot stress it enough. When correctly inflated, your tires will wear evenly and they will perform at their best. This will also prolong the life of your tires, improve fuel economy and you'll have better handling, dependable traction and a more comfortable ride. Also be aware of changing weather patterns-for every rise or drop in 10 degrees temperature, follows a rise or drop in PSI.

If you want to check if your tires are properly inflated, stop by a Pep Boys near you so we can help.

Good driving habits will help keep your tires in good shape, keep you safe and it'll save you money and time in the long run since you won't have to repair or replace your tires as frequently. To read more about tires and properly caring for them, visit our TreadSmart Tire Center to learn everything you need to know about tires.