Car Safety: Checking and Caring for your Tires
Apart from the brakes and the engine, problems with your car’s tires can cause very unfortunate and serious vehicle accidents. It is essential that you always – and never forget the following car safety tire care tips.
Tip No. 1: Always check your tire inflation pressure before traveling far – and every week.
Tires tend to lose air for a number of reasons. A tire may lose air when it runs over some sharp object that may scratch or puncture a small hole on it – or it may simply lose air overtime because of the pressure from the constant road rubbing. Check your tires using a tire pressure monitoring system and verify if it has the proper tire inflation pressure, as indicated in your car manual.
Tip No. 2: Ensure even tire wear.
You can ensure even tire wear by rotating tires. Experts say that moving automobile wheels and tires from one position on the car, to another should be done every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This pittsburgh tire rotation will help ensure that all four tires will wear at the same rate. When checking for even wear, check the tread depth – both the inside and outside edge of the tires. Law states that 1.6mm is the legal minimum but you might want to replace tires with less than 3mm of tread on them if you travel a lot under poor driving conditions.
Tip No. 3: Ensure proper tire balance and alignment.
Uneven tire wear may be a sign that your car is out of alignment. If you feel a back-and-forth vibration on the steering wheel while driving, that may be a sign that one of your tires has lost its balance weight. Have it checked right away and have it properly aligned.
Tip No. 4: Always check for tire damage.
Check all the areas of your tread every time you fill up your vehicle. Check if it has bumps, bulges, or smooth spots. To check for this, run your hand along the tire in both a counterclockwise and clockwise direction. If you see bumps or flat parts, that is a sign that you need to have your tire repaired or replaced. Do not hesitate to replace worn-out tires. I know they are NOT cheap, but car accidents are more expensive – they can even cost you your life and that of your family.
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