When was the last time you checked your tires? It is crucial that you check your vehicle’s tires regularly to avoid possible breakdowns or crashes. Tires also play a key role in proper vehicle handling and fuel economy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should take just five minutes every month to check your tires.
To start, you should check all of your tires’ pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge with you in your car at all times. Your tires will have the proper range noted on them that you’ll want to use a gauge to read. Tire pressure should be checked before going on a long distance trip. That way, if you need to fill your tires up with air, you do it before you begin the trip. After you are done filling up your tires, don’t forget to check your tire valves to make sure their valve caps are on.
It is also important to inspect tires for wear, including tread thickness, cracks or other concerning signs of wear. If possible, remove any small rocks or objects that may be wedged in the tire’s tread.
It is common to forget that your vehicle has a maximum load limit. Overloading your vehicle can place damaging pressure on the vehicle itself and ultimately on the tires. Check your owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load, as it changes depending on the type of vehicle.
While driving, there are certain safety tips to remember to protect yourself and your vehicle. If you have to go over a pothole or speed bump, slow down the vehicle. Driving over such things can cause damage to your tires if you’re going too fast. Lastly, avoid “going until you hit the curb” when parking. Striking the curb while parking is not safe for your tires.
Protecting your tires from common causes of damage is important for your overall driving safety. Considering everything rides on your tires, tires should be checked often and thoroughly. If you or your loved one has a question about tire safety or have been injured in an auto accident, call us today at (800) 676-5295.