If you want to keep your vehicle running in great condition, it’s important to take care of your car tires. Driving around with worn or damaged tires can have lasting effects on your vehicle and can seriously compromise your safety.
While you can’t always control when things go wrong, such as accidentally running over a nail, there are some preventative steps you can take to make sure they’re performing at their best.
Car Tire Tips
Car Tire Maintenance Routine
Just like getting an oil change, you should have your tires rotated every few thousand miles. Your tires wear down different based on their position (e.g., left or right, front or back). By repositioning them, you can help extend their life.
It’s also important to have tire alignments. In an alignment, the tires, casters, and other parts are adjusted to help minimize wear and tear and promote better steering and stability.
Even with proper rotation and alignment, tires aren’t designed to last forever. They’ll eventually need to be replaced. Inspect your tires often to make sure the treads are in good condition. When they become worn down, or “bald,” it’s time to get new ones. Bald tires have poor grip, making it more difficult to drive in wet conditions or to come to sudden stops.
It’s also important to understand air pressure. Tires need to be filled with a certain amount of air in order to function properly. Over- or underinflated tires can lead to the following problems:
- They have reduced grip, which makes wet conditions especially dangerous.
- They don’t wear evenly.
- They don’t last as long as they should.
- They consume more fuel because the engine has to work harder.
- There’s an increased risk of tire blowout, or sudden tire explosion, especially when traveling at high speeds.
If your tires are visibly low or if the tire pressure warning light comes on on your dashboard, don’t wait to take action. If your car doesn’t have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), you can use a pressure gauge to manually check the level. You’ll want to check the pressure of your car tires at least once a month and before every road trip.
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