Sharniec has a car for one reason. Once a week, or month, or whenever she feels boxed in or stressed she jumps in her car and drives until she feels free. She loads up the trunk with luggage then drives. She's been known to travel as far as Mexico! Sharniec then spends her time away painting or taking photos until she is ready to return: usually a few days later.
Sharniec asked me about safety checks before driving her car. Due to the random nature of her drives and her propensity to leave very early or late in the day, it's difficult for her to rely on mechanics or dealers for advice. These simple safety checks help her feel safe; they will save you money and keep you safe, too.
Depth of tread. It's easy to measure the tread on your tires. More tread equals better grip and safer driving. Replace bald or worn tires. See more about tread.
Check the sidewalls for cuts and gouges: It is possible to repair a small puncture but it depends on the size and location of the damage. Don't risk a sudden failure at high speed.
Check tire pressure when the tires are cold. The pressure inside your tires changes as you drive. Soft tires use more fuel, hurting your pocket and the environment. Avoid over-inflating as it promotes uneven wear patterns. See more about tire wear problems and tire pressure
Avoid potholes and curbs. Your tires take all the impact. You will save money in the long run on things like wheel alignments.
Does the steering wheel vibrate when you drive? Your wheels may need to be balanced. Unbalanced wheels impair steering, and increase wear on your vehicle's suspension system.
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. Do not put passenger car tires on trucks either: they are not made to take the weight.
Ask your preferred tire dealer to inspect your tires at least twice a year. Likely there'll be no charge for this service, but it doesn't hurt to ask first.
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