Your tires are a major safety feature of your vehicle. If they on worn or improperly-inflated, then you’re putting yourself and those around you at risk, each and every time you get behind the wheel. Think about how much you use them when you are driving – that’s right, the WHOLE time!
Properly inflated tires, in good condition, maximize the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle. This is not something you want to neglect. If you do, you are exposing yourself to the risk of loss of control, blow-outs and even hydroplaning.
We put our tires through a lot as we drive; hot roads, ice, wet surfaces, potholes, wind, stones, dirt, puddles, objects to avoid and so much more. Driving can be really hard! Making sure they are maintained properly will increase your chances of staying safe.
Tire Maintenance Basics
Maintain your Tire Pressure
Air pressure inside your tires is like oil pressure in an engine. When it gets low, there is unseen internal damage that can occur and usually is only realized after it is too late. A tire will tend to naturally lose about 1-2 psi each month, so if you wait several months, your tire pressure can dip below the safe threshold. Frequently monitoring your tire pressure will help to avoid a blow-out or an accident.
Rotate Your Tires
Tires should be rotated every 5,000-7500 miles. In newer vehicles, the front-wheel-drive can cause the steer tires to wear at a faster rate than the those on your rear axle. By regularly rotating them, you can balance this wear, which will help with both performance and mileage. Skipping this service often results in the front tires wearing out faster, while the rear ones develop irregular tread-wear patterns that cause vibrations – plus the same goes for skipping wheel alignment services. This also means you’ll spend more to replace your tires due to additional and uneven wear.
Perform a visual inspection
It’s important to regularly perform a visual inspection of your tires. You know your vehicle, and you can be the best person for the job. Everyone will hit a pothole or two – it’s okay! Just be sure to inspect your tires afterwards and then again down the road to ensure that no damage or loss of air occurred.
By identifying problems early, you can significantly lower your risk of an accident – kind of a big deal! Proper tire maintenance is one of the best ways you can keep your vehicle performing better, driving smoothly and being safer on the roads. When it comes to driving, there are some things we can’t control, but tire maintenance is one thing we CAN control. Because we understand the importance of tire safety here at We Fix It, we will inspect your tires each and every time you come in for any automotive service. It’s just one more way we are working hard to keep you safe out there on the roads!