- Driving on any underinflated tyre is dangerous and may result in sudden tyre destruction caused by excessive heat build-up. For replacement tyres, your tyre retailer should provide you with the proper inflation pressure. Otherwise, follow the air pressure recommendation found within your vehicle's owner manual or tyre placard in your vehicle. If your replacement tyre size is different from the original equipment tyre size, ask your tyre retailer for a revised air pressure recommendation guide in order to adequately support your vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating.
- Check the cold inflation pressure in all of your tyres, including the spare tyre, at least once every week and always prior to long distance trips. Failure to maintain the proper air inflation pressure may result in improper vehicle handling and may cause rapid and irregular tyre wear, reduction in tyre durability, loss of vehicle control, or sudden tyre failure that may lead to property damage, serious personal injury or death.
- Use an accurate tyre gauge to check tyre air pressures. Always maintain the proper recommended air inflation pressure in all tyres. If there is an indication that one of your tyres has lost four or more pounds of air pressure, immediately look for signs of penetration through the tyre, valve leaks or wheel damage that may account for the air loss. You should also have your tyres inspected by a tyre retailer immediately.
- Air pressure should be checked when tyres are cold (before they have been driven), ideally in the early morning. Driving, regardless of distance, causes tyres to heat up and simultaneously increase air pressure.
- Never exceed the maximum inflation pressure for the tyre.
- Never bleed air from hot tyres as this may result in under-inflation.
- Inspect your tyres daily. If you notice any damage to your tyres or wheels, replace them with a spare and immediately visit any tyre retailer for advice. Driving over potholes, curbs, wood debris, metal, etc., can damage a tyre and should be safely avoided. Contact with such hazards requires an immediate and thorough tyre inspection by your tire retailer.
- Always examine your tyres for penetrations, bulges, cracks, cuts and abnormal wear - particularly at the tyre edges - which may be caused by, for example, vehicle misalignment or tyre under-inflation. Failure to properly control a vehicle when one or more tyres are under-inflated may result in an accident. Use of a damaged tyre may result in rapid air loss, including sudden tyre failure.
- An explosion of the tyre/rim assembly may occur because of improper mounting. Only specially trained persons should mount tyres.
- Failure to store tyres in accordance with the following recommendations may result in damage to your tyres, reduction in tyre durability, or sudden tyre failure.
- Tyres should always be stored in a cool, dry, clean, indoor environment. Tyres contain waxes and emollients to protect their outer surfaces from ozone and weather cracking. As the tyre rolls and flexes, the waxes and emollients continually migrate to the tyre's surface, replenishing this protection throughout the normal and proper use of the tyre. However, when tyres sit outdoors and are unused for an extended period of time, the tyre surface become dry, the tyre may be susceptible to ozone and weather cracking, and the casing becomes susceptible to flat spotting.
- Surfaces on which tyres are stored must be free from grease, gasoline and other substances that could deteriorate the rubber.
- Do not overload your tyres. Driving on any overloaded yire is extremely dangerous and may result in an accident causing property damage, serious personal injury or death.
- The maximum load rating marked on the sidewall of any tyre is based on the maximum speed of operation. Tyres that are loaded beyond their maximum allowable loads for a particular application will generate increased and excessive heat that may cause sudden tyre failure leading to property damage, serious personal injury or death.