Caring for your tires is crucial for driver safety. Using improper tires for different road conditions, neglecting your tires or putting off repairs can negatively impact your driving experience. Now that winter is here, you will need your tires to be at 100 percent to travel safely on the snowy and icy roads. The best way to care for your tires is to follow TreadHunter’s helpful tips below.
While rushing around during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about your tires. It’s important to be aware of the age of your tires and to check your tire tread depth. There are a few ways in which you can check on the treads without having to take your car to the shop. Grab a penny, or any coin, and stick it into the groove of your tire. If you can see the president’s head, then you will need new tires. With the treads worn down, the car will not be able to grip the road nearly as well, causing you to slide all over the road with or without inclement weather.
Making sure you have the right amount of pressure and air in your tires is also a key factor. The only tool you will need is a tire pressure gauge to check if there is adequate pressure in your tires. To find out how much air is required for your tire, there should be a small sticker placed on it that tells you the correct number. Cold weather may also cause your tire pressure to drop so keep an eye out for that during your weekly tire pressure checks.
One of the best ways to avoid getting a flat is to pay attention to the road. Paying attention can help you avoid large bumps and potholes as well as large rocks and branches that can cause you to get a flat. Some hard to see objects such as nails and sharp rocks also can get wedged into your tire and slowly release air. In that case, a patch for your tire is required. It may be a little tricky to do by yourself, so having one of your local mechanics take care of it will most likely be your best bet.
Keeping up with your tires can save you a few dollars in repairs and replacements. Not only do you save money, you also save on fuel economy, as durable tires do not use as much fuel as those that are poorly maintained. Additionally, if your tires are worn down, you could find yourself in an accident. Not only will you be covering the cost for new tires, you’ll also be paying for a new car. Not to mention your insurance rates will skyrocket. Taking a small amount of time out of your day once every few weeks will greatly benefit your car and help you avoid a disaster.
If you’re in need of new tires, at TreadHunter, we offer a vast variety of different tire brands for many different vehicles. Getting new tires are important, especially for the winter – so contact us today!