When you own a vehicle, you want to keep it lasting as long as possible. One task to remember to do is inspecting tires on a regular basis. By inspecting the tires regularly you can help ensure they are in the best condition possible to drive on. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in to have the tires inspected, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.
The first thing to look at while inspecting the tires is the tread wear. The tread is important because it helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. If the tread is poor, your vehicle may not handle properly. You should bring the vehicle in if you notice this, so we can inspect the tires for you. Checking the tread can be quick and easy, and all you need is a penny. Place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low and the tire should be replaced.
Also check the air pressure in your tires. When it gets colder out, the air pressure tends to decrease in the tire. If there is a leak in a tire, the air will decrease quicker. Tires that are over inflated may have a tendency to pick up sharp objects in the road. Under inflated tires have an increased chance of blowing out. The fuel mileage may also be affected by poorly inflated tires. This is because the tires will not be able to rotate as efficiently as they should, causing the vehicle to work harder when you drive.
When you check the tires, also check the overall condition of them. This includes how they are wearing, signs of bulges, and inspecting the sidewalls. If there is anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.