Your car’s tires play a more important role than you may think. From every minute that you’re driving, your tires are what connect the mechanics of your car to the road. Your tires not only carry your car for thousands of miles, but they also play a crucial role in keeping you safe by planting your car safely on the road. It’s for these and other reasons that tire maintenance should never be neglected. Here are some top tips on prioritizing your tires as a part of your auto maintenance.
Know The Basics
How complex can tire maintenance be? Well, there are a few considerations that you’ll need to keep in the back of your mind. The quality and condition of your tires have a direct impact on the handling, ride, and braking of your vehicle. They help to keep you and your family safe. Your auto maintenance routine should include checking tire air pressure, tread depth, tire balancing, and wheel alignment. All of these factors will help to keep your car safe on the road. If you drive on particularly rough surfaces such as a road with potholes or a dirt road, you should check your tires more often to identify any warning signs.
Regulate Your Tire Pressure
Correct tire pressure is one of the most important considerations when it comes to auto maintenance. Inflate your tires too low and you may experience below-average fuel economy, steering issues, as well as flapping noises and above average stopping distance. Inflate your tires too much, and your tires will not only wear unevenly, but you will also be at risk of a possible tire blowout.
Correctly inflated tires can lead to an improved fuel economy of up to 3.3 percent, and also give you the optimal grip required for emergency maneuvers. It’s best to follow the factory tire inflation guidelines when inflating them. It’s also never a bad idea to get the professionals properly inflate your tires.
Tire Inspections Are Important
Let’s face it, most of us probably aren’t the best when it comes to conducting regular visual car safety inspections. With busy lives, this level of inspection easily gets forgotten about. The great thing about tires is that they can easily form part of your auto maintenance routine, as they’re easily visible and not hard to inspect.
It’s best to check your tires regularly; you might want to get in the habit of checking them every time you fill up. Be sure to look for issues such as incorrect tire pressure, uneven wear, cracking, as well as any nails that might be stuck in your tire tread. Visual inspections can help to prevent serious incidents from happening and help to keep you safe.
Rotate Your Tires Regularly
Tires need to be rotated approximately every 5,000 miles. This prevents any uneven wear and prolongs the life of your tire. Tire rotation should only be done by a professional auto repair facility as specialized equipment is required to re-balance your tires. They will also be able to identify any potential tire issues whilst rotating your tires. Another benefit is that your suspension can be checked at the same time for any potential issues. Worn suspension can lead to your tires wearing out faster, so it’s best to get it checked out at the same time.
Accurate Alignment Is Key
Wheel alignment is often overlooked, but it plays a vital role in how your car handles. When your alignment is out, you will often feel your steering wheel pulling to the one side. This is dangerous, as you can easily veer off the side of the road or towards oncoming traffic. Incorrect alignment also wears out your tires unevenly, and you won’t get anywhere close to the full lifespan that you should be getting from your tires. Be sure to get your wheel alignment checked regularly at your auto repair facility.
All Your Auto Maintenance Under One Roof
At Foreign Affairs Motorwerks, we are experts when it comes to tire maintenance. We not only stock high-performance tires, but our state-of-the-art wheel alignment equipment will ensure that you are kept safe on the road. Our trusted mechanics will be able to conduct a full inspection of your tires. So why not pull in today to give your tires a full check-up.