Are Your Tires Still Good? Here Are 3 DIY Checks You Can Perform Today!
One of the most important safety components of your vehicle are your tires. Failing to properly maintain your tires can lead to poor fuel economy at best, and a potentially deadly accident at worst. That’s why keeping tabs on your vehicle’s tire health is paramount. Here are three quick checks you can perform yourself to make sure your tires are doing their job:
1. Check for Cracks
When the rubber on your tires experiences everyday wear and tear, they will begin to degrade. Even if your vehicle is sitting, simple exposure will begin to break down the rubber. That’s why you need to check for cracks between the tread blocks or on the sidewalls. If you notice tread separating from the rubber, or if you can see the cords in the tire rubber, get your tires changed ASAP! They are past the point of being effective.
2. Check Tread Depth
Your tire’s tread is what maintains your vehicle’s traction on the road and prevents sliding when slamming on the brakes. Tread depth is VERY important and should be monitored regularly. To check your tread depth, take a penny and place it between the tread of your tire. Make sure Lincoln’s head is facing down. If you can see the top of ol’ Abe’s noggin, that tread is toast and it’s time for a new set of tires.
3. Check Tire Pressure
Keeping your tires at the correct pressure will extend their life and performance. Your vehicle’s ideal tire pressure should be listed on the inside of your vehicle’s driver side door, or in the owner’s manual. You can check your tire pressure at most service stations where you can also fill your tires with air. However, we always recommend keeping a handheld pressure gauge in your vehicle. That way you can check it no matter where you are. If you notice that your tires are consistently under the recommended PSI, you may have a leak. Keeping your tires at the correct PSI will help prevent blowouts and maximize their performance.
These three simple checks can save you a lot of time and money by preventing flats and maximizing your fuel efficiency. Not to mention the safety benefits. Give AG a call today if any of these checks have turned up something that your concerned about. Part of our regular maintenance plan includes checking your tires every time you’re in the shop, so you don’t have to. We’ll find any potential issues BEFORE they become real problems. Call or text today to make an appointment!
Written on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by