The old saying about there being a lot riding on your vehicle tires is true. The value of you, any passengers in the vehicle, and the value of your actual vehicle are a lot of risk to you and your insurance if you don't take care of your vehicle's tires. Here are some tire maintenance recommendations to keep your vehicle running well and its tires in good shape.
Check Your Tires
One of the easiest rules you should follow to make sure your vehicle's tires are in good shape is to look at them. Make it a habit to check all four tires before you drive anywhere. In the least, this is a good idea just to make sure you don't have a flat tire before you get on the road and begin driving somewhere.
Look at your tires to make sure there are no bulges in the side walls, the tread is all present, and there are no nails or screws sticking from your tires. Also take note of how your vehicle drives: if it feels like there is something obstructing your tire, stop and take a look at it or take it to a local tire shop. Something lodged inside your tire can cause damage to it, and lead to a slow leak or a fast blow-out on the highway.
Follow Regular Maintenance
In addition to checking your tires, you should also keep them filled to appropriate air levels and check them periodically. If you find your tires are low after checking them with a tire gauge, inflate them to the proper pressure. Tires that are under-inflated will make your vehicle use more fuel and will also unevenly wear your tire tread out. And tires that are inflated too much will put your tires at risk of a blow-out.
Whether or not your tire tread is still good on your vehicle's tires, replace your tires if the rubber begins to age and degrade. Tire rubber that gets too old will cause your tires to fail, so you should replace them after the recommended amount of time. Ask your tire professional for how often you need to replace your tires.
Use Professional Services
As soon as your tires are getting too old and the rubber starts to crack, or if the tire tread is getting worn out, you can take it to a tire shop to have your tires replaced. Place a penny into the tread of your tires to check its depth and to help you know if your tread is getting too low. If the head of Lincoln is covered by your tire tread, your tires still have some use in them. Otherwise, take your vehicle into a tire shop to have the tires replaced.
Ask your tire shop how often they recommend rotating your tires to keep them wearing properly. When they rotate them, they will switch the front and back tires to get a more even wear.
For more information, you will want to contact a company such as Radial Tire Service.