How Regular Maintenance of Your Tires Can Promote Car Safety

Without your tires, your car is nothing. This is simple, but clear and irrefutable fact. It wouldn’t matter if your engine is the latest and strongest out there; without tires, it’s not going anywhere. This is precisely the reason why car owners should be a lot more attentive and discerning when it comes to their tire care.

For some reason, however, this component of the vehicle is easily overlooked. Of course, there’s always the concern that you’ll get a flat tire, but for the most part, you don’t really think much about the state of your tire for as long as the car still successfully gets you from Point A to Point B. There’s still room to be a responsible car owner, though. Here are some tips you can do to ensure your tire is still good for daily use.

 

Check out your tires

The fastest way to check on the state of your tires is to check it visually. Have you ever heard of that penny trick that you can do with your tires to see if it’s still safe to use? Actually, it’s not just a trick—it actually works. With this test, Abraham Lincoln may just very well be able to save your life.

The penny test should be done to check on the tread depth of your tire. Pick a section on your tire where it looks like the tread appears to be the shallowest, then place the penny within the tread with good ol’ Abe standing upright. Ideally, Abe’s head should be covered all the way by the tread—this means that your tire is in good condition. However, if Abe’s head remains visible and the tread only covers up until the shoulder, then this means your tire doesn’t have enough tread in it anymore, which could then severely compromise its grip. Do the penny test at least once a month.

Don’t Stress on the Tire Pressure

This should be easy enough because there’s a small, portable tire pressure gauge that you can bring along with you anytime, anywhere. Ideally, you should check the tire pressure before you’ve driven it, or at least some 3 hours after you last used it. You’d want the tires “cold”, so to speak, so you can get an accurate reading.

The psi (pounds per square inch) number that you want to see from your gauge should match the psi number indicated on the sticker inside the driver’s door, NOT on the tire’s sidewall. It wouldn’t hurt to do this frequently, especially if you’ve got a long drive ahead of you. Low psi means low pressure, which means possible tire damage.

Mix Up the Tires

You know that thing you do with the batteries for your TV’s remote control, where you switch them up so that they get “refreshed”? For some reason, it works, right? Well, the same goes for your tires. It’s actually recommended that you switch up their position every some 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This rotation should help ensure that your tires get worn at roughly the same rate.

It’s also advisable that you get professional service from trusted centers like McLoughlin Chevrolet.

Sources:
5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Tires (And Stay Safe on the Road). Today.com.
 Keep Your Tires Safe. MichelinMan.com.

Categories: Spare Tires