While we know that our cars need regular tune-ups and general maintenance every once in a while, your tires carry the majority of the wear your vehicle experiences. On a day-to-day basis, your tires see miles and miles of road – the majority of which isn’t always in the best condition. Read on for essential tire care tips to keep your tires in tip-top shape all through the year!
Check Your Tires Often
Whether you commute each day or have a leisurely drive through town to get to work each day, your car’s tires take a beating. That’s why it’s important to inspect your tires frequently on your own. This should be done at least monthly, to make sure there isn’t any obvious signs of damage your tire like chunks taken out of the rubber, gashes, or significantly low tire air.
Check Air Pressure
Your tire’s air pressure is extremely important to keeping up your car’s maintenance and care. Over inflating or under inflating your tires can have serious repercussions for your tires’ overall longevity. In addition, when there is an air pressure imbalance among your tires, they don’t perform as they were designed to. This can impact both your vehicle’s ride quality as well as the general safe driving of your car. May sure you check your tires for the proper air pressure, which is listed on the wall of your tires during this monthly check, or if your car’s dash lights indicate to do so.
Check Tread Depth
The traction of your tire is one of the most significant elements of your tire’s safety, especially depending on the time of year and weather. If your tire tread is off, you may experience skidding or sliding, as well as decreased maneuverability of your vehicle. You can use the penny test to check your tread depth. Simply place a penny upside down into your tire tread. Lincoln’s head should be upside down, and if you can see the top of his head, you have only 2/32 of your tread left. This is a sign that you need a new set of tires.
Check Your Tire Rotation and Alignment
Your tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles in order to maximize the performance and life of your tires. When you do this, it’s recommended that you also rotate your tires to prevent imbalances in the wear of the tire, as well as checking your wheel alignment. Having all of this checked can significantly improve the life of your tires, as well as improve your car’s ride quality.
Make Sure You Have the Right Tires
Making sure that your tires fit the season and terrain will ensure that you’re driving in the safest and most efficient manner possible. Dependent upon location, snow tires won’t be necessary, but if traveling to an area with snow or mountains, snow tires or all-terrain tires with increased traction can mean the difference between being stuck and making it home on time!
Whatever vehicle you choose to drive, your tires’ health is a vital piece to keeping your car driving at peak performance and efficiency. With proper tire care, you can prolong the life of your tires and make sure that you can keep driving for many more miles to come. To schedule an appointment for tire care or preventive maintenance, make an appointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!