When owning a vehicle, inspecting tires regularly is an important task to do. Since most tire damage and wear is a result of driving on tires that are improperly inflated, it is recommended checking your air pressure once a month at the very least. Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for many reasons other than reducing the potential of a flat tire or a blowout. In order to achieve optimum handling from your vehicle, from everyday driving to making emergency maneuvers, tire pressure needs to be at the proper inflation level. Even a tire that doesn’t appear to be low on air can result in reduced vehicle handling and excessive tread wear. Inspecting tires regularly can help determine when the tires will need more air. Tires that are not at the correct air pressure will also increase the rolling resistance of the vehicle. Under-inflated tires, for example, result in increased rolling resistance and therefore require more energy and fuel to move the vehicle, which negatively impacts fuel economy. Improper inflation puts unnecessary stress on your tires and can result in excessive or uneven wear. When this happens, it compromises the ability of the tires to perform, and often results in premature tire wear-and the necessity to replace them sooner than expected. When inspecting tires regularly, remember to check tire pressure by using an air pressure gauge. Consult your owner’s manual or the label inside the driver’s door jamb to find out what the recommended air pressure is for your vehicle. To check the air pressure, unscrew the cap from the tire’s valve stem and place the round end of the gauge over the stem. In addition to checking your air pressure, also look for signs of tire wear, such as cracks in the sidewall, or foreign objects embedded in the tire, such as nails or screws. Check the tread depth using a simple penny test. Take a penny and place it with President Lincoln’s head downward between the grooves of the tread at the top of the tire. As long as part of his head is obscured by the tread, you have the legal amount of tread remaining on your tires. Check the tread depth in several places on each tire to spot uneven tread wear. If you see the full head in some areas, then it’s time to purchase new tires.
There are several things you will need to check on a regular basis. This will help keep the vehicle in a reliable condition for you and your passengers. Make sure to schedule an appointment for your vehicle. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle so they are in the best condition possible. The battery connections should be kept clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Extreme weather is hard on batteries, so it is recommended to check the battery and charging system. There can be some signs that the battery might be starting to fail. If you notice the vehicle is becoming more difficult to start, bring the vehicle in so we can test the battery. Check that the heater, defroster, and windshield wiper blades are operating properly. The heating performance is critical for interior comfort in the vehicle. The defroster should be working efficiently to improve the safety and visibility when you drive. Now is also a great time to check the windshield wipers. If the wiper blades are torn, cracked, or do not properly clean your windshield, they should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir. The tires will also need to be inspected. This includes the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop. Another thing that needs to be checked on the vehicle is the brake system. This will include the brake rotors and brake pads. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
Checking the air pressure in the tires should be done regularly as well. Check your vehicles owner’s manual to be sure the tires are inflated to the correct pressure recommended. When the tires are overinflated the vehicle is more difficult to handle. It will also ride rougher if the tires are overinflated. They are more prone to pick up sharp objects that are on the road that can puncture the tire. When the tires are underinflated they wear more quickly and unevenly. It is important to regularly check the tires to make sure they are in good condition. Part of this also includes making sure they are wearing evenly. The tire tread can wear unevenly from quick stars and short stops. Making sure to slow to a stop and start can help to prevent this for your tires. If you notice that the tires are wearing unevenly, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it over. Regular tire rotations are recommended so the tires can wear evenly. While inspecting your tires for wear, also check the tread for your tire. Checking the tread is quick, easy, and only requires a penny. Take the penny and place it with Lincoln’s head down. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered, the tires are fine. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow and will need to be replaced soon. Over time the breaks will wear and may need adjusting. This can be caused from age and miles that the vehicle has. The brakes should be checked regularly to help prevent excess wear on the wheels. If the brakes begin to wear down, it may start to cause the tires to wear unevenly. By brining your vehicle in, we can inspect the brakes and tires for you to make sure they are in good working order. The spare tire for your vehicle is intended for temporary use only. If you do get a flat tire and need to use the spare tire, avoid having to drive on it for an extended distance and speeds. It is recommended that for safe driving on a spare tire, you should drive a distance of fifty miles. It is also recommended you go a maximum speed of fifty miles per hour while driving. Rough roads can increase the chance of wear and tear on the tires. Potholes and uneven roads can encourage a bubble or blister to form in the walls of the tires. If at all possible, avoid roads that are near constructions sites. If you travel near these, your tires have the chance to pick up sharp objects like nails, screws, and other sharp debris.
Your tires are the single most important piece of your vehicle. You simply cannot have the handling, fuel efficiency, and braking power that you need to have complete control over your vehicle without the proper tires. There are plenty of things to know about tires that many are unaware of. Your tires have direct control over the fuel efficiency of your car. The air pressure in your tires is the one aspect that completely controls this efficiency. If your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated, they will cause your gas mileage to drop. The vehicle must work harder to handle the change in pressure on the road. The more work that the car must do, the more fuel it will burn. One of the best ways for you to stay safe on the road in bad weather is to have tires that exist to handle those conditions. If you are trying to avoid new tires for as long as possible but want to be safe on the road, have your tires rotated. This helps to even out the wear and tear on your tires, helping to give them as long of a life as possible. If you are unsure if the tires should be rotated, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you. Safety on the road is key for anyone who is operating a vehicle. Most people fail to realize that the air pressure in your tires controls more than fuel efficiency. Over-inflated or under-inflated tires can flatten or burst while driving. This creates an obviously unsafe scenario in which the driver can lose control on the road. If you want to be as safe on the road as possible, you need to regularly check the inflation of your tires and adjust the air pressure as necessary. Look to your owners manual for the proper tire inflation numbers for your tires and vehicle. Tires are the key to your control on the road, the amount of gas that you burn, and your safety on the road. This is the reason why you should pay attention to the tires that you have on your vehicle and should work to care for those tires. If you fail to give proper attention to them, you will find that you ride is not as smooth and that you are not as safe on the road as you should be. If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to make an appointment as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.