Here are 6 simple safety checks and safe driving tips to save money on tires
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.
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 it's best to replace the tire. Would you want to risk a sudden failure at high speed?
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.
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.
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 don't overlook it. Unbalanced wheels impair steering, and increase wear on your vehicle's suspension system.
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 it's 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 there'll be no charge for this service, but it doesn't hurt to ask first.
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