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How To Care For Your Car Tires

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The tires on your car need proper maintenance and care to ensure they work correctly and last as long as possible. Tires not only help your car grip the road in a variety of weather conditions, but they also assist with braking so you can avoid hitting obstacles in the road. Because of the vital functions your car’s tires perform, it is necessary that you take proper care of them on a regular basis. The following is a list of four things you should put into practice to properly care for your tires.

Look at your tires regularly. Just looking over your tires’ sidewalls, treads and occasionally the tread depth each time you are on the outside of your vehicle can help you avoid potential problems. You might notice objects such as nails embedded in your tires, or you can spot that your tires are wearing unevenly or that the tread is worn low enough that you need to purchase new tires in the near future. Inexpensive tire depth gauges are available, such as our {product_link sku=ULFB-6457} . How many years has it been since you replaced the tires? Average life is considered 6 to 8 years and depends on climate and conditions.

Have your tires regularly rotated and balanced. Even though taking your car to the tire shop for a rotating and balancing might not be the most entertaining experience, you derive a large benefit from doing so. Tires that are not regularly rotated and balanced can cause uneven wear, severely shortening a tire’s life and costing you extra money. The tires might also cause vibrations, which is not only annoying but can also prematurely wear out various suspension parts on the car.

{category_img id=14279 type=small align=right link=yes}Keep your tires properly inflated. Newer cars come with tire pressure monitoring systems by law, which helps you keep an eye on tire pressure. If your car does not have such a system, you need to remember to regularly check your tires’ air pressure. Many can be found in our department. Improper pressure can lead to premature wear on the tires, as well as increased stopping distances for your car, decreased tire grip on rain or snow-covered roads and decreased steering control which can lead to car accidents.

Do not drive on flat tires. You should always avoid driving over broken glass or through areas where you suspect nails, screws or other sharp objects are present. If your car’s tire does go flat, stop at the first safe place and install the spare tire in its place. With the spare installed, you need to head directly to your tire store, where technicians can possibly repair the tire. Driving on a flat tire can damage it to the point it cannot be repaired, plus it can damage your wheel to the point it needs to be replaced as well. If you are experienced in tire repair or have someone who is to assist you, we also offer and plus in our Department.

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