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To help avoid a flat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking your tires at least once a month. Here's what to look for:
- Make sure tires are inflated to the manufacturer's recommended air pressure, which typically can be found in your owner's manual or on your car's doorjamb.
- Check the tire treads for excessive wear using a Lincoln penny. Turn the penny so that Lincoln's head is pointing down and insert it into the tread. If the tread doesn't cover the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace the tire.
- Remove any debris, such as glass and rocks, from the treads. Nail punctures, however, need to be professionally checked. Some punctures can be patched, but your tire may need to be replaced.