rear wheelsFor commercial drivers, inspecting tires is part of their daily pre-trip inspection. Motorcycle riders should check their tires before every ride. Drivers of light trucks and passenger vehicles should check their tires at least once a month, if not more often.

Thumping a tire with a hammer will tell you nothing more than if the tire is flat. This action is good for the inside tire on duals, where you can't see if the tire is inflated because the other tire is holding up the vehicle.

Use a good quality tire gauge to check tire pressure. The correct tire pressure is located in he owner's manual. If unsure, get this information from a qualified mechanic.

When checking tire pressure, do so when the tire is cold. In other words, the vehicle hasn't been driven for at least 2 hours.

 TOOLS REQUIRED: gloves, quality tire gauge.

1) If you can see the inside of the rim – no ding, dents, or damage.

2) If you can see the inside of the sidewall – no lumps, bumps or cracks.

3) Top of the tire – it is evenly worn and the tread is not down to the wear bars.

4) Outside sidewall – there aren’t any lumps, bulges cracks or abrasions.

5) There isn't anything imbeded in the tire.

 6) Outside rim – no dings dents or damage.

7) The lugs (nuts) are all tight- no rust streaks indicating these might be loose.

8) No fluid leaking from the centre of the hub.

9) The tire appears to have good pressure – if you are unsure check the tire pressure with a good quality tire pressure.