Tires, believe it or not, are some of the most important safety devices you should look after. How Come? Simple, they help you maneuver your vehicle, make it stop; let you keep control of your vehicle when weather conditions and/or the road is not benign, they cushion the ride, in other words, tires are considered the foundation of driving safety.
As tires play an important role in your safety and the safety of all passengers in your vehicle their condition has to be an important concern. Make sure your tires are checked regularly, so this important safety feature is not taken for granted.
- Air pressure is an important factor not to be forgotten, check the air pressures of your tires every month. Driving adds air pressure to tires, as they get hot, and not using your car reduces the pressure of your tires as they are cold. It is important to have the same air pressure in your four tires and to have the valve caps closed so air does not leak.
- Do not damage your tires unnecessarily, that is, do not speed on rough roads, on the contrary, slow down and avoid potholes.
- Fast stops wear off your tires, so stop the car slowly by using your brakes properly. Fast starts will also wear them off so decelerate before corners.
- High temperatures applied on your tires will wear them off faster, and driving faster means heating them up more and more, so simply respect speed limits and they will live longer.
- Make sure you are using the right size of tires for your vehicle, beware that if you use tires that do not fit your wheels their life expectancy reduces by 10%.
- Make your tires have the right pressures, and remember that the pressure of your tires increases when you use them, and that when you do not use them the lack of heat reduces their pressure.
- No matter how hard you try to keep your tires alive, everything comes to an end and everything wears off, when it is time, it is time. So do not hesitate to get yourself some new tires when required.
- Rotation is a procedure that should be done after five-thousand miles of driving, or seven-thousand in excess, you can get more info about this in your vehicle manual.
- You need to rotate and balance your tires after a certain number of miles, usually between six thousand and eight thousand, so ask your manufacturer and make sure they get what they need when they need it.