Car Care, Tires

Where’s that spare?

Safe Drivers Always Check Tire Pressure, Especially Before Embarking on A Road Trip

Tire pressure is an important consideration  when doing preventive maintenance to protect against flat tires.  Low tire pressure increases the correct operating temperature of the tire, which reduces grip, and the most common reason for a sudden blow-out is driving on a tire that is not properly inflated. When was the last time you checked the tire pressure?  Low tire pressure puts additional stress on the sidewalls to cause the support belts in the side walls to possibly separate. Follow these recommendations to avoid having a sudden blow-out of your tire:

– Check the air pressure of each tire once a month. Pick a day like the first Saturday of the month to perform the revision of your tires.

– New vehicles now have automatic tire proper pressure system as standard equipment, so look for the light to come on and fill the tire to the right pressure. Don’t have a new car? Make a habit of checking the air pressure of each tire on your older car, along with the spare tire, at least once a month.

– Inspect the tires for wear and tear. Is the tread getting thin? Tire rubber will slowly break down, develop micro-fissures and could fail at the wrong moment. If you replace only one tire, be sure that it is constructed of the same material and tread design as the other three tires. If the spare tire is over four years old, replace it.

– The mixing of radial and bias ply tires or of different tread design will alter the handling characteristics of the vehicle as well as put stress on all the tires.

– Front wheel alignment should be checked every time you change the oil, or notice the car not tracking straight when driving along the road.