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Do-it-yourself Safety Check for your tires
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Here are 6 simple safety checks and safe driving tips to save money on tires
Safety Check #1. Depth of tread.
When was the last time you measured the tread on your tires? There are legal requirements for the amount of tread on the tire. Why? More tread equals better grip of the road, which equals safer driving for you. Tires that are worn are not safe for you or for other drivers. Bald or worn tires lead to lack of control when steering or braking.
Safety Check #2. Check the side walls.
If there are cuts or gouges in the tire walls consider replacements. It is possible to repair small punctures in the tire walls but it depends on the size and location of the damage. Often its best to replace the tire. Would you want to risk a sudden failure at high speed?
Safety Check #3. Check the tires' pressure.
Check the pressure when the tires are cold. The pressure inside your tires changes as you drive. Although air inside the tire expands as it heats up, low pressure may be more risky than slightly higher pressure. It exposes tires to greater wear and they will need replacing sooner. Soft tires use more fuel, hurting your pocket. At the same time avoid over-inflating.
Safety Check #4. Avoid potholes and curbs.
Have you noticed how many holes there are in the roads you normally travel? Tires take all the impact when you hit one of those holes. There is a danger of sudden loss of air in the tire leading to possible loss of control and maybe an accident. The same applies if a wheel hits the curb. Watch for holes in the road and take care when parking. You will save money in the long run.
Safety Check #5. Are you balanced?
Does the steering wheel vibrate when you drive? This may mean your wheels need to be balanced. Balancing is essential when you buy a new tire. This may be included in your purchase price or a separate charge, but dont overlook it. Unbalanced wheels impair steering, and increase wear on your vehicles suspension system.
Safety Check #6. Loading weight.
Excessive or incorrect loading could be more than your tires can bear. Too much weight can cause the tire to come off the rim when cornering, putting you and your passengers at risk. Don't put passenger car tires on trucks either, they are not made to take the weight, so its a false economy, as you will have to buy another set almost immediately.
Ask your preferred tire dealer to inspect your tires at least twice a year. Likely therell be no charge for this service, but it doesnt hurt to ask first.
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