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After sheltering in place, your car's tires may no longer be road worthy

Your tire may not be road worthy after sitting idle in your driveway for a month or longer.

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Your car's tires have been sitting around while you shelter in place. Are they still road worthy? Maybe not. Tiremaker Pirelli has put together a list of checks they advise drivers follow before they hit the road and head back to work.

Look at your tires.

Checking tires visually to see if there are any lumps or deformations caused by the car standing still for a long time, or by the weather conditions. Check also for damage, cuts, abrasions and the tire bulging – and ensure that the valve caps are tight.

Check your tire pressure.

Checking tire pressures, also the spare tire, ideally at a tire dealer with professional monitoring equipment. This helps guarantee optimal performance and safety, as well as the correct rolling resistance to enhance fuel economy.

If you don't own a tire pressure gauge, you can swing by your local gas station that has an air pump to check yours. Most pumps have a gauge built into the air release end. Remember to bring change for the air pump and a wipe to wash down any bits you will come into contact with ahead of using the service.

Inspecting Tire Tread Using a PennyThe penny test is a good way to check the depth of your tire tread.Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto

Check the depth of your tire tread.

Tire wear to be above the legal limit of 2/32-inch tread depth. This can be checked using the tread depth indicator on the tire itself. Or, use the penny test.

What's the penny test? Place a penny, with Lincoln's head upside down and facing you, into the tread groove on your tire. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, your tread depth is less than 2/32-inch and it's time to replace your tires.

Listen and feel.

Pay close attention to any vibrations may be felt through the steering wheel after the car has been standing for a long period of time. If these don't go away after the first few miles, get the car looked at by professionals as soon as possible.

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New Razor scooter

Is this two-wheeled Jeep scooter for you?

The Razor Jeep scooter features air-filled tires and a 12-mph top speed.

RAzor

Jeep is an iconic brand with dedicated fans from every corner of the globe. Its name recognition makes for interesting collaborations with other brands, so this new Jeep RX200 scooter from Razor is especially exciting. The scooter is part of Razor's adult line, which is growing quickly with new products in 2022.

Razor Jeep RX200 ScooterJeep-themed grip tape comes standard.Jeep

Wearing the Jeep name brings expectations of off-road prowess, so the Razor scooter offers 8-inch air-filled tires. It's powered by a 200-watt motor and 24-volt battery that deliver a top speed of over 12 mph and up to 40 minutes of ride time. The throttle is a twist-grip system, and a rear disc brake helps slow things down. Though it may seem childish, this is no kids toy. It can carry a max weight of up to 154 pounds, and is rated for ages 18 and up.

Razor Jeep RX200 ScooterThe scooter gets full-LED headlights.Razor

The Jeep RX200 scooter is available in Army Green, and comes with Jeep-themed rubber grip tape, a retractable kickstand, and dual-LED headlights. The scooter is available now on Razor.com for $499, which is expensive but far from the company's priciest model. Some of Razor's flagship models reach almost $1,000, which makes the Jeep scooter look like a bargain.

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New performance SUV

Hyundai announces pricing for 2022 Kona N

The Kona N is price right at $35,425.

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Hyundai is hard at work developing new electric vehicles, and has released some truly interesting electric concepts in recent months. However, the automaker’s efforts in the electric world haven’t stopped it from rolling out fun-to-drive and affordable performance vehicles under its N brand. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the latest vehicle in the series. The Kona N will go on sale soon with a reasonable starting price of $35,425, which includes a $1,225 destination charge.

2022 Hyundai Kona NOne well-equipped model will be available.Hyundai

The Kona N joins Hyundai’s high-performance stable that also includes the Veloster N and Elantra N, though the latter hasn’t yet hit the streets. The hot crossover gets the same output numbers from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the Elantra N: 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster gets 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That rowdy four-banger is paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai’s full-on N cars get plenty of other go-fast bits to keep them planted in corners and stable at higher speeds. The Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential, an active sport exhaust system, electronically controlled suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2022 Hyundai Kona NAggressive wheels and tires help keep the Kona N planted in corners.Hyundai

Hyundai generally knocks it out of the park with value, and the Kona N is no exception. Its modest price tag buys a generous helping of advanced driver aids in addition to its exciting specs. Standard features include forward collision warnings, lane keep assist, lane following assist, driver attention warnings, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a safe exit warning system.

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