Your tires are a critical safety feature when it comes to your vehicle. They are the only things between your car and the road and help to ensure that you are able to accelerate, stop, and turn when you need to. Bad quality tires can cause a number of different issues, ranging from poor handling to tire blowouts. Good tire maintenance keeps you safer on the road and also allows you to save money on new tires throughout the years.
One regularly overlooked tire maintenance item is checking that your tires are filled up to the proper air pressure. When your tires are low in pressure, excessive tire wear can occur, and blowouts can happen. It isn’t safe to drive with low tire pressure, so checking it regularly and having it taken care of as soon as you notice that they are underinflated or overinflated can save you money. You can usually do this yourself at your local gas station that provides free air or we can help you here at our shop!
Another tire maintenance item that is important is wheel alignment and tire balancing. If your wheels aren’t aligned or your tires aren't regularly balanced, excessive tire wear can occur that can end up affecting the overall lifespan of your tires. Wheel alignment and balancing are usually required every 6,000 miles or so, but if you notice that your car pulls to one side while driving, it may be time for an alignment.
Another tire maintenance item to remember is checking your tires regularly for wear and tear. If you notice that your tires look very smooth, that means that your tires do not have a lot of tread. This can be dangerous when driving in certain weather conditions, especially in the rain. If you notice low tread, it is probably time to replace one or more of your tires.
If you ever have a question about your vehicle’s tires, don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle into Small World Auto Center or request an online appointment today!