It's the beginning of the rainy season here in Atlanta. That's always a great time to make sure your tires are in good shape.
Your Money Team's Adam Murphy went to CBS46 partner Consumer Reports to find out how to protect your money and your safety when it comes to tires.
"You don't really think about it," said Consumer Reports automotive specialist Mike Quincy. "You get in your car every morning, and you drive off to work and at the end of the day you get back in your car, but you have to realize that you're riding on air."
The number one thing to remember? Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
"The tire can be overinflated, underinflated and all of that can affect the performance of your car, how it drives, how it stops, how it steers," said Quincy.
Quincy suggests keeping a tire pressure gauge in your car. And if they're running low, check the recommended PSI on your driver's side door jamb before you air up.
Next up, check for visible wear and tear.
"This is kind of an old trick, but it still works: you take a quarter, looking at the top of George Washington, you put it in one of the treads and if you can see clearly the top of George's head, that's definitely an indication that it's time for new tires," said Quincy.
Another indication, the tires' age.
"When you go to the grocery store and buy food, and there's a sell-by date, you open something, you have to eat it in seven days, your tires have an expiration date, too," said Quincy.
Most manufacturers recommend you replace your tires every six to ten years. Just make sure you stick to the recommended size and speed rating for your car. And shop around before you buy.
"Tires are negotiable like any commodity that you're buying," said Quincy.
One big no-no is buying used tires. There's no telling if they were taken care of by the previous owner.
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