3 TIRE MAINTENANCE TIPS AND WHY THEY’RE IMPORTANT
Wheels are a primary part of your vehicle, and without them, you cannot get very far on the road. If your tires are not in prime condition, there is a greater chance that you will get into an accident while you are driving. Here are three tire maintenance tips and why they are so important.
1. INSPECT YOUR TIRES
Drivers should check their tires regularly to ensure that they are in good working condition. Before driving, do a quick walk around your vehicle and make sure that there are not any cracks in the tires and that they are not noticeably flat.
You should also keep an eye on your tire treads and make sure that they are at a safe depth. An easy way to check how deep the treads are is to do a “penny” test. Put Abraham Lincoln’s head down inside the treads. If you can see his full head anywhere, it is time to get new tires. You can do the “penny” test a couple of times a year.
In addition to your own regular inspections, be sure to have your tires checked at least once a year by a professional. They may catch something that you cannot see.
2. TIRE PRESSURE
While during your walk around inspection you can spot significant issues with your tires, you should check the tire pressure once a month and before every long trip. It is important to make sure the tires are at their recommended pressure level. You can usually find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle posted inside the driver door or in the car’s owner manual.
Low tire pressure can cause your vehicle to lose its grip when driving on wet and icy surfaces. Keeping the pressure at the recommended level also extends the life of your vehicle and reduces fuel consumption, because your car is running on evenly distributed tires.
3. ROTATE TIRES
Every vehicle wears on each of its tires differently. Whether you have front-wheel, rear-wheel, or all-wheel drive, it is important to rotate your tires every 5,000-7,000 miles. Rotating your tires allows the tires to wear evenly, and at the same time. While your front left tire might wear a little on the inside, the front right tire might wear on the outside. By rotating the tires, you equally distribute the wear on the inside and outside of the tires.
If you get new tires, be sure to start them on the back axle. A vehicle loses grip in the back first, causing it to go into a spin. Putting the new tires with the deepest treads in the back will help reduce the chances of your vehicle going into a spin if you end up losing traction on the road.
Tire maintenance is a crucial part of taking care of your vehicle. By doing a quick inspection before driving, checking your tire pressure, and rotating your tires, you can save money, extend the life of your tires, and keep you and your family safe while on the road.