Tire Safety: How Smart Are You?

Many drivers never stop to consider the importance of their vehicle’s tires. Having adequate tires on your vehicle could save your life. Take this quiz and see if you are tire smart. Answers are located at the very end of the test.

  1. The best place to find the recommended tire pressure for most vehicles tires is:
    1. The sidewall of the tire
    2. The vehicle owner’s manual
    3. The manufacturer
  2. According to most vehicle owner’s manuals, tires should be rotated every:
    1. 3,000 to 5,000 miles
    2. 6,000 to 8,000 miles
    3. 15,000 to 17,000 miles
  3. According to industry recommendations, a tire should be replaced when the tread is worn down to:
    1. One-sixteenth of an inch
    2. One-eight of an inch
    3. One-half of an inch
  4. The best time to check the air pressure of a vehicle’s tires is:
    1. After a short drive to warm the tires up
    2. Before driving, so the tires are cool
    3. When the tires are removed from the vehicle
  5. You can tell if a tire is properly inflated within a few pounds of its recommended pressure by:
    1. Looking at it
    2. Kicking it
    3. Using a pressure gauge
  6. One leading cause of tire failure is:
    1. Loose lug nuts
    2. Under-inflation
    3. Leaving the cap off the valve
  7. You should never let air out of a tire when:
    1. The tire is cool
    2. The tire is warm
    3. The tire is new
  8. Uneven tread-wear is always a sign that a tire:
    1. Has internal structural damage
    2. Should be checked by a dealer
    3. Has been mounted backwards
  9. To choose the right replacement tires, you should:
    1. Know the tire size, load, and speed rating for your vehicle
    2. Ask for the same make and model as your old tires
    3. Buy any tire that fits your wheels
  10. Experts recommend checking the pressure and condition of your tires:
    1. Twice a year
    2. Every 3,000 miles
    3. Once a month

Test Answers:

  1. b
  2. b
  3. a
  4. b
  5. c
  6. b
  7. b
  8. b
  9. a
  10. c

Resource: www.nhtsa.dot.gov