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Sep 09 2019

Tips for Keeping Your Tires in Shape So You can be Safe

Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our lives. The four tires of car make contact with the road and keep us traveling down the road safely. So, it makes sense to keep the tires in good shape. Are you wondering how to do that?  

Here are a few tips which can help you if you want to take care of your car tires.  

  • Check Your Tire Pressure Monthly

Air pressure is important for the smooth functioning of tires. Tires can lose approximately one pound per square inch of air per month. The effect may be higher in cold climates. So, if you get your tires pressure checked only at oil changes, you could be putting you and your family at risk.

Under-inflated tires are a major reason for accidents on the road. These affect vehicle handling and gas mileage and may lead to premature tread wear and a dangerous blowout. You can extend the life of your tires by regularly checking the tire pressure. You can consult with the owner's manual to find the appropriate tire pressure for your car.

  • Inspect Tires Regularly, especially before the Long Trips

When you are washing the car, do a physical inspection of the car tires. Look at the tires from every side. You should look for bulges, cracks, bulges, and objects that may have punctured the tire, like screws, nails, glass or stones. If any of these objects puncture the sidewall of your tire, you will need to replace your tire.

In case you are going on a long road trip, check your tire pressure and inspect tires before you hit the road. Inspecting your tires in the comfort of your garage is safer than on the side of the road with cars running on high speeds.

  • Rotate Frequently

Tire rotation is one of those practices which can extend the life of tires. In order to maintain even tread wear, it is recommended that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. Tire rotation is inexpensive and it can be advantageous in the long run.

  • Don’t Overload Your Vehicle

Overloading can cause high fuel consumption. It can also result in tire failure. You can consult with the owners’ manual to know how much weight your vehicle can safely handle. You can save money on fuel costs.

  • Don’t wait until Your Tires are on their Death bed to replace

It is true that tires are expensive and may make you pay a huge amount. But, you should not drive with the tires past their useful life as it can put you and your family in danger.

You can take a penny test to determine if it is time for new tires.

  • Do not install Mismatched Tires

Mismatched tires can negatively affect the handling of your car and cause unusual wear and tear on the rest of the tires. Furthermore, it can affect other components of your car. So, it is recommended to install only tires that match.

It is advised to have new tires on the rear of your car as it can impact its performance especially during the rain and other situations. If you have poor tires on the rear, it could cause a spin-out.

Tires make contact with the road surface and we can move on the road. It is necessary to take care of tires to have a safe journey on the road. Follow these tips for the longer health of your tires.

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