When you talk about car safety, most people think about airbags, crash test safety ratings, and the like. But what people don’t usually think about when talking about car safety is the absolutely imperative health of their tires. And it makes sense when you really think about it: while driving in a car, you are often going at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour with nothing but four pieces of rubber between your car and the road. If those tires aren’t in good shape, all kinds of bad things can happen. Here are some tips to ensure that your tires stay in good shape and continue to carry you for the road ahead.
1. Check the tire pressure regularly
This is by far the most important safety and maintenance tip, and for good reason. Bad tire pressure (either too high or too low) accounts for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths in accidents every year. Having bad tire pressure can lead to blowouts, losing control of the car, and the like, and is something that is easily avoidable if you take the time to check it. All it takes is one check every month or so, just to make sure that the tires have the right amount of air in them. You can measure it with a pressure gauge and release or pump air in accordingly. Just check the owner’s manual for your vehicle and make sure all tires are at the proper pressure; it could save your life.
2. Rotate your tires every 8000 miles
This is also a very important tip for making sure your tires stay in good shape and last as long as they can. Tires, just like seat cushions or mattresses, don’t always wear evenly. So, in order to make them wear more evenly and, overall, last longer, you should get them rotated around. It also helps to make sure that you don’t get blowouts, lose control of the car, or anything else like that.
3. Check for wear every couple of weeks
Worn down tires can lose their traction on the pavement and lead to some serious accidents, especially during the first rain in a while or if there is snow on the ground. So, if your tires have worn down a lot, it is a good idea to get them replaced as soon as possible. A good way to measure this is to use a quarter. You can put the quarter in the tire treat with the face pointing towards your fingers. If you can see the head at the top of the quarter, you are probably going to want to start shopping around for some new tires.
4. Keep your tires well aligned
If your wheels aren’t aligned correctly, it can cause some excess wear to occur on your tires and make you need to replace them sooner. By keeping your wheels aligned properly, you can avoid this problem and make your tires last longer and work better. A good way to keep your wheels aligned is to avoid hitting potholes, curbs, or anything else that could otherwise knock your tires out of alignment.
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Today’s guest post was provided by John Monts from “Sunshine Limousine” website. John is currently a student at UC Davis, studying Political Science and Economics.
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