You're driving to work in the morning, you hit a pothole and you pop a tire.

NO! That's the worst!

There are so many potholes around the state.

Unfortunately, that could happen to you while driving around New Jersey.

It's time to head to the store and get a new tire.

You may notice some tires with red and yellow dots on them.

But, why? What do those dots mean?

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In a recent article on MSN, they explained why there are certain markings on new tires.

The dots help identify any irregularities when installing.

Red and Yellow Dots On Tire
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Why Do Some Tires In New Jersey Have Red And Yellow Dots On Them?

  • The yellow dots "identify where a tire weighs the least - the lightest point on a tire. The yellow dot should be lined up and directly next to the valve stem, which is the wheel’s heaviest point."
Yellow Dot on Tire
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  • The red dots "identify where the tire is flattest - the lowest point on a tire. The red dot should be directly across from the highest point of the wheel, which is usually indicated by a colored dot or a notch on the wheel."
Red Dot on Tire
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You don't want an unbalanced tire to cause the car to vibrate while your driving.

It can also shorten the life of a tire or the tire can develop bald spots, according to the article.

That's why it's so important to make sure they're balanced and running smoothly.

Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash
Photo by Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Now that your tires are all set and you're ready to hit the road, it's time to fill-up.

This is super interesting!

Think back to when you first started driving and check out the cost of gas.

How much was it the year you started driving?

Let me know in the comments below.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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