Car Tire Care: How to Take Care of Your Tires
Car tire care is an important part of taking care of your car. Learn more about what you can do to take better care of your tires.
Tire care is one of the most important components of vehicle maintenance. Tire blowouts are far more common than many of us realize. High and low tire pressure, insufficient tread, and tire wear are a few causes of tire blowouts.
When drivers fail to properly maintain their tires and wheels, it affects the safety of everyone on the road. Did you know there are roughly 33,000 car accidents and 19,000 injuries caused by tire issues every year?
Proper tire maintenance will keep you and your family safe on the road. Tire care will also save you money. Taking care of your car’s tires will lengthen the lifespan of the tires so you don’t have to replace them as often.
In this quick and handy guide, you’ll learn the keys to effective tire maintenance and care. You’ll also learn how to spot signs of tire wear and how to know when it’s time to replace your tires.
Get Regular Tire Inspections
Whenever you take your car for service, ask your mechanic or automotive technician to inspect the tires to make sure they are in good shape and properly inflated. They can also tell you if the tread is too worn down.
In addition to professional tire inspections, take the time to inspect your tires every once in a while. Look out for cracks and bulges in your tires. Take note of any objects lodged in the tires and remove them before they cause a puncture.
If something punctures your tire, you need to take it in to get the tire patched or replaced as soon as possible. Waiting to replace a tire can cause significant damage to your tires, wheels, and can impact the overall safety of your car.
Use Matching Tires
It may be tempting to save money by buying mismatched tires. But did you know mismatched tires can cause uneven tire wear? It can even impact the way your car handles.
If you’re unable to buy four matching tires, at the very least you will want to buy two matching tires. If you need to replace a tire on your vehicle, it is best to buy two of the same kind of tire and install them on the rear of your vehicle.
Buying matching tires will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to replace your tires as often since they will wear evenly.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Experts recommend checking your tire pressure every other week. Tire pressure naturally changes over time. You may need to add air or deflate your tires a bit to achieve the recommended PSI.
It is important to know the recommended PSI for your specific vehicle. You can usually find this information inside your car owner’s manual. Sometimes it is also written on the label inside the driver’s side door.
You should always check your tire pressure when your tires are cold. If you check them in the heat or after going out for a drive, you won’t get an accurate pressure reading.
Make sure to check your tire pressure using a pressure gauge. Driving on tires with the wrong pressure will cause excessive wear over time and negatively affect your vehicle’s driving performance.
Check Your Tire Treads
Check for uneven tire wear as well. You can do this by placing a penny in your tire treads. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, your tire tread is too low. Ideally, half of Abe’s head should be covered by tire tread.
You can also use a quarter to measure the tread on your tires.
The treat on your tires is important because it allows you to maintain traction between your tires and the road. This is especially important when it comes to driving in the rain on slippery, wet roads.
Balance Your Tires
Unbalanced tires can cause your tire tread to wear out prematurely. It’s always a good idea to get your tires balanced any time you take your vehicle for service, when you rotate your tires, or when you install a new set of wheels.
Rotate Your Tires Regularly
Experts recommend rotating your tires once every ten to twelve thousand miles or every six months. However, front tires tend to wear out much faster than rear tires.
The front tires are responsible for handling the majority of the force of steering and braking. Therefore, it is best to rotate your front tires every 6,000 miles. That way they’ll be more likely to wear out at the same time as your rear tires.
In general, rotating your tires lengthens the life of your tires and improves your vehicle’s overall performance.
Get Your Wheels Aligned Every Year
Wheels fall out of alignment naturally over time. Regular driving over uneven surfaces that have potholes, railroad tracks, and even speed bumps or small bumps in the road can knock your wheels out of alignment.
Experts recommend getting a wheel alignment every 25,000 miles. This will help you avoid uneven tread wear that will require you to replace your tires more often.
Avoid Overloading Your Vehicle
The problem with a heavy, overloaded vehicle is that it takes a lot of pressure and friction to make it slow down or stop. That adds significant wear and tear to your tires.
Overloading your vehicle will cause your treads to wear down faster and your tire pressure to decrease. It can cause your wheels to move out of alignment. Inevitably, it will require more tire maintenance and earlier tire replacement.
It is important to know how much weight your vehicle can handle. This information is also printed on a label inside the driver’s side door.
Overloading your vehicle will increase the risk of tire failure and blowout. If you’re worried you’re overloading your vehicle, check your tire pressure once the car is loaded.
Know When to Replace Your Tires
How often should you replace your tires? The timing of tire replacement depends on individual driving habits and the overall condition of your tires.
Experts expect a normal set of tires to last between 60,000 and 75,000 miles. That’s roughly five years. Taking care of your tires with regular observation and maintenance can lengthen the lifespan of your tires.
What You Need to Know About Tire Care
The keys to tire care include getting regular inspections, checking your tire tread and pressure often, and rotating your tires regularly. It’s also important to get a wheel alignment annually and avoid overloading your car.
If you think your vehicle could use a tire inspection, tire rotation, or other tire and wheel services, call (402) 509-5722 to schedule your service appointment with Huber Chevrolet in Omaha today.