One of the most integral and often overlooked parts of a car is the tires. They can also be one of the more dangerous aspects of a car if they are not properly maintained. Therefore, we all need to make sure that our tires are in the proper condition to ensure that we are safe on the road and also not a danger to other drivers. We’ve put together a top 10 list of tire safety tips that every driver and car owner should know.
- Buy the right tire for your needs.
Not all tires are the right tire in certain weather or terrains. All season tires will be the most helpful and useful year long, but if you live in an area with harsh winter conditions you should think about investing in snow/winter tires for the winter season.
- Check your tire pressure.
This is extremely important. If your tire pressure is incorrect, this can affect your ability to turn, brake, and control your car. Too high tire pressure will cause your car to bounce more, and you will thus lose traction. Too low pressure, more of your tire will be touching the ground, meaning increased friction, which will wear your tires. This may cause your tires to overheat and cause the tire to break apart. The outcome of that is, most likely, a car crash.
- Register your tires for recalls.
- Don’t drive on aged tires.
The older your tires get, the greater the risk that the tread may separate. Tire failures greatly increase after 6 years, and it is thus recommended that tires 6 years or older are removed regardless of tread depth.
- Take care of your spare.
That spare tire ages too, and you should also check the tire pressure of the spare regularly.
- Study your tread.
Check the tread of your car. Bald tires can be extremely dangerous on the road. Tires are considered bald when one or more of their grooves reaches 2/32 of an inch deep. For reference, new tires are about 10/32 of an inch deep.
- Put newer tires in the rear.
A lot of people only buy two tires at a time. Whatever type of vehicle you drive, it is recommended that you put the new tires in the rear.
- Inspect tires for uneven wear patters on the treat, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma.
These small issues with your tires can cause major problems. A change to the integrity of the tire can cause it to blow out or break apart, increasing the potential for a car crash.
- Make sure tire valves have valve caps.
This will prevent damage to the tire valve, and maintain the tire’s inflation.
- Don’t overload your vehicle.
The heavier the overall weight of your vehicle is, the more weight that is placed on your tires. This creates more friction between the tires and road surface, eventually causing more wear and tear on your tires then needed.
I hope this information is invaluable to you. If you found this blog informative, you may also enjoy the following:
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