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Tire Care 101: Tips for Ensuring Safety and Longevity

Your car only comes into contact with the road via the tires. This makes them crucial for the performance and safety of the car. Proper tire care is essential for maximizing its useful life.

How to Care For Your Tires

You need to put some effort to take good care of your tires. Here are some valuable tips on how to maintain your tires effectively:

Regularly Check Tire Pressure

Insufficient or too much pressure in your tires can decrease fuel efficiency and cause poor handling. This leaves you exposed to the risk of accidents. Always use a pressure gauge to check tire pressure at least monthly or before long trips.

Rotate Your Tires

Uneven wear can occur due to weight distribution and alignment issues. Rotating your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles ensures even wear across all four wheels, promoting longevity.

Maintain Proper Wheel Alignment

Misaligned wheels cause uneven tread wear and affect steering stability. Have a professional align your wheels according to manufacturer recommendations, or if you notice any misalignment signs.

Inspect Tread Depth

Adequate tread depth is crucial for traction in wet conditions and preventing hydroplaning. Use the "penny test" – insert a penny into the tread groove; if Lincoln's head is visible entirely, it's time for new tires.

Balance Your Wheels

Unbalanced wheels can lead to vibration at higher speeds and premature tire wear. Balancing should be done whenever new tires are installed, or you experience vibrations during driving.

Clean Your Tires Regularly

Keeping your tires clean prevents dirt buildup that could damage them over time while enhancing their appearance.

Proper tire maintenance saves you money in the long run by maximizing the lifespan of your tires. Regular inspections, maintenance, and prompt addressing of any issues will ensure you maximize your investment. If you need help with your tire services, bring your vehicle to RM Automotive Inc.