Tire Maintenance Tips

tire pressureTires are what keep you rolling… literally. According to a recent AAA study 60% of Americans don’t check their tires regularly, which can lead to disastrous results. A flat tire or a blowout can make for a very dangerous situation on the road. Here are 4 tips to help keep you on the road.

Check your tire pressure often

Look on the inner door jam of your driver’s side door to find your ideal tire pressure. Tire pressures can change with the weather, so it’s a good practice to check your tires at least once a month. Remember, both over and under inflating can cause blowouts.

Rotate your tires regularly

Rotating your tires ensures that all your tires wear evenly. Because the weight of the car is not evenly balanced, your tires are going to wear at different rates. Regular rotation every 5,000-7,000 miles can help balance this out.

Measure your tire tread depth

If you’re starting to notice your tire tread is disappearing, you’ve waited too long to check. The easiest way to check your tire tread is the penny test. Place a penny in one of the treads of your tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Don’t forget your spare!

When you get a flat tire, the last thing you want to see is that your spare is also flat! Check the tire pressure in your spare when you’re checking your other tires.

Written by Spiteri's Auto Service

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