May 7, 2018
It’s nearly road-trip season across the United States, and with millions of Americans embarking on trips of various mileage this spring and summer, it’s important to check in on your tire condition and maintenance needs before you the hit the road.
No need to fret, though, we’ve got you covered with some of our ‘frequently asked questions’ when it comes to your rubber.
What is a tire pressure monitoring system, and do I have it?
A tire pressure monitoring system is designed to warn the driver when low tire pressure conditions exist. A built-in sensor measures tire pressure and temperature, and then transmits data to your car. If the pressure in any or all of your tires is 25 percent or more below the manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure for tires, a warning indicator will appear on your dashboard or screen.
If your tire pressure monitor light appears, check and adjust air pressure to the recommended levels. Then, drive the vehicle and the warning light should take care of itself. It’s a good idea to have your system checked from time-to-time, as sensor batteries can last up to ten years.
Not all vehicles are equipped with this, but it is essentially standard equipment on new models in today’s showrooms. If you’re not sure whether you have it, our service technicians would be happy to perform a check.
What causes tire wear?
(Wannabe) road racers beware! Your driving style can actually be a major factor in the wear of your tires. Tire maintenance, too, can play a role. So, frequently checking in on your tire conditions along with driving safely and steadily from place to place can really extend the life of your tires, and keep more money in your pocket.
How do I check my tire wear?
A quick and easy way to check your tire condition is with a tread-depth gauge. However, it’s just as effective to use a penny. Place the coin upside down in between the tire tread – if you can see the top of President Abraham Lincoln’s head, the treads are worn and replacement is needed.
When should I have my car realigned?
Proper wheel alignment is essential to prolonging tire life on your vehicle. A misalignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly, and you may experience handling problems such as pulling to one side, and vibrations, among other things. If your car or truck is vibrating while driving on a smooth road, it’s probably best to bring it in for service.
What about tire rotations?
Rotating your tires is another key cog in extending their usability. Tires are rotated to achieve a uniform wear, and it should be done every 7,500 miles to prevent irregularities. This also reduces the risk of sudden tire failure.
Keeping these items in mind will, hopefully, give you piece of mind and keep you safe on the roads this travel season. Happy driving!
Come out and see us for a test drive today.