Proper Care For Your Tires Means Safety And Fuel Savings

by Dana Cain

Before going anywhere, you must first check your tires' condition. If your tires are well-maintained, then it would mean better safety for your car and it will also help it last longer and save money on gas pump.

With these tips, your tires will be in good shape and you'll have safe travels all year long.

Choose carefully when it comes to tires. Selecting your tires mean basing it on the correct size that's recommended for your vehicle as well as its loading recommendations. When selecting tires for your vehicle or driving patterns, you can consult and automobile dealer and seek advice.

You never know when you'll need a tire gauge, so buy one and keep it in your car. This device will provide information about when to add more air to your tires.

Remember to check the pressure of your tires once a month and especially if you've just taken a long trip. Damages that can lead to tire failure are caused by under inflation. Uneven wear, handling and stopping problems are often caused by over inflation. As a guide, you can use the manufacturer's recommended air pressure.

Slow down during wet weather. The amount of the tires tread contacting surface of the road increase if you reduce your speed, therefore providing better traction.

For every 6,000 miles, try to rotate your tires. If you noticed your tires showing uneven wear, then you need to ask your automotive service professional to correct any mechanical problems involved before rotation.

Another thing to remember is to periodically check your vehicle alignment. When you notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side, it may be time to ask an automotive professional to check the alignment.

Also remember to inspect and measure your tire tread. Place a penny in the tread groove and check if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, because if you can then it's time to replace your tires.

To make sure that there are no irregularities like bulges or cuts check the tire sidewalls.

Make sure you don't overload your vehicle for it will cause excessive heat inside your tires.

Checking your tire balance periodically is also important. Irregular wear may be the result of unbalanced tire and wheel assembly.

You can be assured of having safe, enjoyable, and affordable vacation drives as long as you regularly check your tires.

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