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Owning a car means having the freedom to get around town on your own, but that also carries certain responsibilities with it. It’s more than just keeping gas in the tank, maintaining consistent insurance coverage, and paying the car loan. In this article, we will go over 5 tips that you can use to have better maintenance on your tires without having to bring your car to a tire repair.
Tires are one of the most important pieces of a car because they allow you to actually drive on the road. Because of this, it’s vital to pay attention to your tires and always make sure they are in mint condition, as they are your wheels around town. With that being said, let’s jump into the 5 tips.
Rotate Your Tires
Rotating your tires helps keep the wear and tear on them rather consistent throughout all four tires. If there is a significant discrepancy in the wear and tear between your front and rear tires, then your vehicle performance will start to degrade. You’ll put more wear and tear on your handling, suspension, steering, and engine, and you’ll wear down two of the tires much faster than needs be. Consider rotating them every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Know the Proper PSI
PSI stands for pounds per square inch, and it’s a measurement of the air pressure inside your tires. You need to know what the manufacturer of the tire recommends you to keep the PSI at, and then do it. Many modern cars can do this automatically for you and even show you the PSI on the dashboard inside your cabin. If your ride doesn’t have this feature, then measure the tire pressure and adjust it back to nominal at least once a month. Also, do it before any long road trip.
Check the Tread
This is easy to check if you have a penny. Just stick it into the tread upside down. If you’re still able to see any of President Lincoln’s heads, then they’re too low. This isn’t a great concern for new tires, but you have to be mindful of it when dealing with used tires that might deteriorate more rapidly. It’s also a great test to use when trying to buy used tires, and it can help you find tremendous value when doing so.
Buy in Fours
Whenever you can, buy new tires in sets of four. It’s much easier to maintain equal condition between all your tires if they all started at the same time. Things can get complicated when buying one new tire, instead of a whole new set.
If You Get Less
If you get less than four tires, then put the new ones on the back axle. You’ll have much better control when driving in wet conditions if the more established tires are on your front axle when you need to brake.
In conclusion, proper tire maintenance isn’t just a matter of saving money by extending the life of your tires, it’s paying attention to them on a daily basis and knowing when they need to be replaced. You and your passengers will be safer because of it and have a smoother ride.
By Lizzie Weakley
who is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her husky, Snowball.