The weather isn't the only thing that gets worse in the fall. The roads do, too.
That's why Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recommending drivers do three tire maintenance checks this fall:
Check tire inflation pressure: Use a tire pressure gauge and ensure the pressure in each tire — including the spare — matches the ideal tire pressure for the vehicle, which is listed on the sticker inside the car door, glove box or fuel door, or in the car's manual.
"Tire pressure plays a critical role in your tires' overall performance, and proper inflation allows drivers better control on the road and helps tires wear longer and more evenly," the company said.
Inspect the tread depth: Proper tread depth helps tires maintain traction, improves handling and prevents hydroplaning.
Drivers can check this by inserting the edge of a penny into the tread, with Lincoln going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln's head is covered, there is an acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible, then it's time to replace the tire.
Check the overall condition: Damaged tires can shorten tire life or cause air loss.
Look for cuts, cracks, splits, punctures or bulges on the exterior of the tire. Visit a tire dealer for a professional inspection.