How to find out the age of your tires

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - ADVICE - HINTS FROM HELOISE ▶

DEAR READ­ERS: Do you want to know how old your car tires are? The federal government re­quires that tire man­u­fac­tur­ers put stan­dard­ized in­for­ma­tion on tires’ side­walls, in­clud­ing a tire ID, in case of a re­call. Here’s how to lo­cate the info:

Look di­rectly at the tire. For newer tires, the ID num­ber is on the out­side side­wall, and for older tires, the ID num­ber will be on the in­ner side­wall. Ad­ja­cent is the tire’s se­rial num­ber, in­clud­ing num­bers and let­ters. The last four dig­its rep­re­sent the week and year the tire was man­u­fac­tured. Man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend that tires be re­placed ev­ery six years. Ten years is the max­i­mum ser­vice life for tires.

DEAR READ­ERS: When you bake mac­a­roni and cheese, scal­loped pota­toes or meat­loaf, clean­ing up af­ter­ward can be time-con­sum­ing. Here’s how to avoid all that scrub­bing:

■ Line the bak­ing dish with alu­minum foil for bak­ing in the oven, leav­ing ex­tra foil hang­ing over the edges.

■ Af­ter din­ner, sim­ply lift up the foil, which will wrap around the left­overs, and store them in the re­frig­er­a­tor.

DEAR READ­ERS: Our pets are fam­ily mem­bers, and we want them to par­tic­i­pate in our ac­tiv­i­ties, like sum­mer va­ca­tions. Here are hints to make the jour­ney good and safe for all.

■ When or­ga­niz­ing your trip, con­tact — in ad­vance — parks, mo­tels, ho­tels, camp­grounds and rel­a­tives to find out if pets are wel­come.

■ Place a por­ta­ble crate/ken­nel in your car to keep your pet in. Never al­low your pet to roam free in the car be­cause that can be dan­ger­ous. Never al­low your pet to ride with its head stick­ing out­side the car win­dow be­cause dirt might lodge in its ears, nose or eyes, which could cause an in­fec­tion or in­jury. ■ Bring a copy of your pet’s med­i­cal his­tory and any med­i­ca­tions, in case of an emer­gency.

■ Don’t take your dog off its leash and be sure all ID tags are at­tached.

DEAR READ­ERS: We use herbs and spices in our kitchens daily to f la­vor dishes, from ap­pe­tiz­ers to main cour­ses and desserts, too. Here’s the dif­fer­ence. Herbs come from the leafy parts of an­nual or peren­nial plants. Spices are de­rived from the barks, roots, seeds, buds or fruits of plants and trees.

To share a hint, write to P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5000.

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