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Caring for your car tires often goes overlooked by many drivers, but tire problems can cause the biggest headaches when your car either loses a tire or gets a flat when driving down a highway nowhere from home. Tires are what essentially separates you from the road. You need to keep them in proper condition, or you'll have problems. In addition, having tires in poor condition can put your life and that of your loved ones in danger. Here are some tire care tips.

• Keep your tires properly inflated. Check your car's owner manual for the correct tire pressure for your car. The manual will tell you exactly what level of pressure you need. Then get a tire gauge and check your tire pressure regularly. Checking this every month is recommended. If your tire pressure is lower than it should be, unnecessary pressure is put on the outsides of your tires. If your tires are overinflated, too much pressure is put on the center of the tread.
• Rotate your tires ever 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This will ensure that your tires wear evenly. If your tires don't wear evenly, you'll find yourself having to buy two front tires long before you need to buy rear ones.
• Check the tire balance, suspension and alignment when you get your tires rotated. If your car's tires are unbalanced or unaligned, your tires won't last as long.
• Don't overstuff your car with heavy objects. Your car's tires can only take so much pressure. If you keep only a normal amount of weight in your car at all times, that will cause less wear on your automobile.
• Don't drive roughly. Avoid potholes, rough roads, and don't drive over curbs, because each of these actions causes unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.
• Drive safely. Avoid high speeds and unnecessarily rough turns. This also causes unnecessary wear and tear.