Tire Safety And Maintenance

Posted on February 25, 2009 @ 2:19 am
by Billy Alberts

Regular attention to the tires on your automobile will save you money, improve vehicle handling, and improve safety. If this sounds like a tall order, then consider this: If your tires are not inflated enough, then you create drag, and that drag slows down your car. The drag ruins your gas mileage.

When your tires have the proper tread, and are inflated properly, then they roll better and that is why handling is improved. Lastly, safety is common sense. Worn or poorly inflated tires run the risk of either going flat, or bursting while driving.

Let’s take a look at some simple things you can do to maintain your tires and take care of the three issues mentioned. This will be quick and easy.

You should rotate your tires after every other oil change. This will ensure even tire wear. By doing this, you will spend less by replacing tires less often. Usually, you can get your tires rotated for free.

Inspect the tread on your tires. They should be wearing evenly and not be too worn. If the tread is disappearing, or has worn away entirely, then the tires are unsafe to drive on as they may burst while driving. Visible threads are a sure indication that you need new tires.

If the tread is wearing unevenly this may be a sign that your wheels are out of alignment. Other indications are that the car pulls to one side or the other, or simply feels “squirly” on the road.

Proper tire inflation is essential to safety and saving money. Again, under inflated tires will increase the drag or road friction. This will hurt your gas mileage. You also stress the tire in the wrong place and this makes them more likely to go flat.

To find out the proper tire pressure, read the owners manual. You need a good tire gauge and they’re cheap. Five dollars is easily worth the investment.

When shopping for new tires, keep in mind that cheap tires will affect your gas mileage and may not be as safe. Also be sure to get tires that are appropriate for your local weather conditions. The tires that originally came on the vehicle may not be the best for your area. Blowouts are dangerous, and looking after your tires will help insure the safety of you and your family.

In reality, your priority should be making sure that your tires are safe. The side benefit is that by focusing unsafe tires, you should also end up with tires that will last longer. Longer-lasting equals extra money.

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