Safety Tips for Tires

Would you agree that tires are the most important & the most significant part of your vehicle? I agree, also. Most people often pay no attention to the things that literally get your car to where you need to go. Not a lot of consumers realize that tires are the items that affect the comfort of your ride, the amount of gas you can get with each tank, & even the handling & safety of your vehicle. Lucky for you, I have included simple little steps for you to keep your tires in “tiptop” shape.

1. Check your tire pressure religiously.
If you have a TPMS, that’s even better; if you don’t, no worries. Tires are known to lose air over a long period-or even short period-of time. A useful thing to do would be to purchase a digital gauge & use that to check the pressure either once a month, before long trips, or even whenever you see fit. The proper inflation pressures should be stated in the vehicle’s owner's manual; hence, you wouldn’t have to estimate how much air your tire needs. If you do get around to inspecting your tire pressure, make sure you only do so when the car has been parked for a few hours so the tires can be cold. If you do it right after driving, the friction of driving heats intensifies pressure.

2. Take care of under-inflated tires immediately.
Under-inflated tires lead to rolling resistance, which leads to you wasting more gas, which then creates more heat, then finally results in tire failure.

3. Never forget the spare.
Even if you always have the spare in the back of your car, be sure to check that tire as well. There’s nothing worse than getting a flat tire on the road, & then you realize your spare tire is just as bad as the flat tire you got.

4. Inspect the tread & even wear of your tire often.
Use the “Penny Test”; if you don’t know what it is, just “Google” it & you should be fine. After this, check the inside & outside edge of the tire for tread depth. Make sure when you buy your tires, shop the Tires by Size so you know how much tread you should have. When the tread is uneven, that typically means that your alignment is somewhat off.

5. Examine tire damage.
After you’re done checking your tire’s pressure, scrutinize the side of your tires for small nicks, cracks, & even cuts that may have occurred while you were driving too close to the curb. If you have any of these problems on your tire, you’ll most likely need to buy a new one because they really can’t be repaired.

6. Keep your tires balanced.
If you feel your car has some sort of vibration to it when you’re driving, it’s a great possibility that one of your tires lost its balance weight; which isn’t well to drive on, I’m guessing.

7. Buy the right tires for you vehicle.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have extreme Winter conditions, then you would want to purchase All-Season-Tires; but if you live in an area where there is utmost Winter conditions, you’d either want to purchase Snow Tires or simply Snow Chains to place over your All-Season-Tires.

8. Never stall to change a damaged or worn out tire.
We all know that tires aren’t the cheapest thing to buy for your car, but they are the most important things; therefore, please take care of them as you would yourself.