Before hitting the road, take a couple of minutes to look over the status of your tires. Well-maintained tires save you money at the gas pump, too, help it last longer and keep your car safer.
These tips in the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) will help keep your tires in good shape along with your travels safe all year long:
1. Choose your tires carefully. Tire selection should be in line with the right size recommended for its own loading recommendations and the vehicle. Talk to automobile dealer or a learned tire about choosing the proper tire for the driving patterns that are typical.
2. Check your tire pressure at least one time per month, and particularly before a lengthy trip. Damage that could lead to tire failure can be caused by underinflation. And overinflation can cause uneven wear plus stopping and handling problems. Make use of the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure as helpful tips.
3. During wet weather, slow down. As your rate decreases, the tire footprint (the number of the tire’s tread contacting the road surface) increases, providing better traction.
4. Rotate your tires every 6,000 miles. In case your tires show uneven wear, ask your automotive service professional to check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance or other mechanical problem involved before turning.
5. Assess your wheel alignment periodically. Have in case you see your car or truck is pulling to one side an automotive professional test your alignment.
6. Measure and Inspect your tire tread. By placing a penny you are able to do this yourself and in the event you can view the top of Lincoln’s head, then now is the time.
7. Check the tire sidewalls to ensure there are no gouges, cuts, bulges or other irregularities.
8. Don’t overload your vehicle. As it can create excessive heat,
9. Have your tire balance checked occasionally. An unbalanced tire and wheel assembly may result in unusual wear.
By assessing your tires frequently, you’ll be able to keep your holiday drives enjoyable, safe and affordable.