July 23rd, 2014
Most of us know tires are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle and want to keep our tires in the best condition possible. However, what you do not know about tire wear and tire pressure could be damaging them the most. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, nearly 200 driving casualties per year occur at the hands of unmaintained tires. Right now it is estimated that 1 in 4 cars on the road are driving with underinflated tires.
While summer is the season for vacations, cookouts, and water parks, it is also the season with torturous heat/weather conditions for tires. You can stay ahead of the heat this summer by keeping your tires in their optimum condition with these easy tips and checks. From the beginning, choose tires thoughtfully and always purchase in sets of 2 or 4. With proper balancing and alignment, the vehicle will perform more smoothly. Tire selection should be a careful process with knowledgeable technicians who understand all about your vehicle and the right tire size and loading ability and who also have the skill and equipment to properly balance your tires and align your vehicle.
Along with routine auto repair, tires should be serviced and inspected to ensure pressure and tread conditions are up to par. Tires lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) of pressure each month, making routine check-ups imperative to the safety of any vehicle. If you are ever unsure as to what the tire pressure in your vehicle’s tires should be, consult the manufacturer’s air pressure guide notated on a sticker in the vehicle’s door jam or inside the owner’s manual.
To help prevent uneven wear, tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles to ensure the longevity of your tires and vehicle. If tires are showing drastic uneven wear, consult a trusted technician to inspect for misalignment or other mechanical imbalance. Never drive a vehicle pulling to one side or that feels unbalanced. This can be dangerous and damaging to the vehicle.
Excessive heat can also cause worn or old tires to fail. For this reason it is important to check your tires more often in these warmer summer months. Check tire pressure before driving as tires heat up on the road and readings will be incorrect.
Finally, be aware of when you should replace tires completely. Driving tires after their intended lifespan, even if tread is not worn, is dangerous and can lead to dangerous tire failure. Stay ahead of the summer heat with these useful tire tips and prepare for the sunny skies to come!
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