Tires are without a doubt one of the most important parts of your car to keep in good shape. Poor tire condition, blowouts, and other issues can lead to disastrous accidents. Even if nothing terrible happens, tires affect the quality of your ride and your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Keep your tires healthy with these tips:
It’s generally a good idea to have your tires rotated every 7,000 miles, or every second oil change. Tires can become mildly uneven over time from heavy bumps or turns, and if left alone, it will cause them to deteriorate faster. To help prevent this, it’s wise to rotate the tires to different wheels all at once — such as front right to rear right, rear right to rear left, rear left to front left, and so on. We at Car City will be glad to take care of your alignment and rotation needs.
Make sure your tires are at the ideal pressure stated in your vehicle’s manual, or on the tire sidewall. If there’s a significant difference there, you may have the wrong tires. Check the pressure once a month, or more often during the hottest or coldest times of the year. High or low temperatures can alter the pressure in a tire, so a sudden freeze or heat wave could necessitate an adjustment. Also, check your tires at least an hour after you’ve driven the vehicle, so that any activity in the tire’s air doesn’t alter the reading.
Keeping more weight in your vehicle will put more stress on your tires. If you tend to load a lot of stuff, make sure you know the tires’ limits. Don’t keep heavy objects in your vehicle if they can be somewhere else. Speaking of what you keep in your car, make sure your spare tire is in good shape and is a proper replacement for the tires on your vehicle.
Your tire treads should be 1/16 of an inch thick or greater. Any thinner and your tires will have much less traction on the road. The classic way to measure this is with a penny. Stick Lincoln’s head down between the treads, and if you see all of his head, you need new tires. If part of his head is covered, the treads are deep enough for now. Traction is extremely important for safe driving in all environments and situations, so keep track of your tread depth every time you check the pressure.
Apart from good care, your driving habits have the biggest effect on tire health. It’s important not to stop too heavily, speed unnecessarily, or make sharp turns if you can help it. Never do tricks like doughnuts and burnouts if you want your tires to last a long time. Also, be careful when parking at a curb. The non-treaded parts of a tire are very sensitive, and you don’t want to grind them against concrete.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that about 1 in 10 car crashes are in some way related to tire condition. Keeps yours in top shape to keep you and your passengers safe. Thank you for taking the time to learn these important tips.