Do you know what happens when you drive on underinflated tires for an extended period? Let’s look at the importance of keeping your tires well maintained.
According to an article at esurance.com, “Auto Tire Care Tips”
Tires often lose pressure over time, and underinflated tires can make your car 3 times as likely to end up in a severe crash, according to the NHTSA. Overinflated tires can be a problem, too.
So get yourself a handy tire gauge and check your pressure once a month (preferably when the tires are cool and have been sitting for an hour). Make sure the psi matches the number in your vehicle manual or on the tire sidewall.
Track your tread
Your tire tread should be at least 2/32 of an inch deep for safe handling. Here’s a trick to help you measure: stick a penny into a tire groove. If part of Abe’s head is covered, you’re OK. If you can see his entire copper dome, it’s time to replace your tires. Why? In a 2012 NHTSA study, tires with treads shallower than 2/32″ factored into significantly more crashes than their properly treaded counterparts.
Rotate and realign your tires
Rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This helps balance the wear between the front and rear and prevents uneven deterioration. It’s surprisingly easy for wheels to fall out of alignment — sometimes it’s as simple as hitting a pothole.
Look for tire damage
Watch for severe damage like punctures, bulges, or cuts in the sidewall. If you’re unsure whether the damage warrants a tire change, check with an expert from a tire shop or a repair shop.” To read the entire article click here.