Posted on: 6 November 2017
Maintaining your tires throughout the year is paramount not only for tire longevity, but also for your overall safety on the road. The slightest tire malfunction could be costly, which is why you need to perform these maintenance steps as soon as you can.
Check Tire Pressure
Keeping tires aired up correctly means they will handle better, last longer, and keep you safer. You don't have to be an expert to check tire pressure, either. All you need is a tire pressure gauge.
After checking each tire's pressure, compare these numbers with what the recommended levels are according to your owner's manual. It's a good idea to check these numbers in the morning before you drive. Also take into account temperature changes. Colder temperatures could lower tire pressure, while hot temperatures during the summer could cause them to rise.
Have Tires Rotated
Tires naturally wear down unevenly, which is why you need to have your tires rotated periodically throughout the year. This process involves moving each tire to a different position so that they last much longer. Ideally, you should have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles.
It's also recommended to have your tires rotated professionally. Service professionals will ensure every tire is safely transferred to a new position, as well as check the brakes while the tires are off. They also have industrial power tools that speed up the process. If you did this yourself, you'd spend a great deal of time and energy using a jack manually.
Measure Tire Tread
No matter what type of tires you have, the tread goes down over time. It's important to keep an eye on this so that you can maintain traction and control of your vehicle. Testing your tread is as easy as using a penny. Place it inside the tread where Abraham Lincoln's head is upside down. If the head is completely covered by tread, your tires are still good. If, however, the head is not completely covered, you'll need to have your tires replaced.
There are also some tires that have tread indicators molded on the inside. When these indicators are visibly flush, the tire's tread is no longer sufficient enough for you to drive safely.
The more time you spend on tire care, the safer you and other drivers will be ultimately. Your tires will also last longer, saving you a lot of money and time at the tire shop.Share