How to Check and Maintain Your Tires for a Safe Ride

Daily drivers to work and school and occasional drivers on the weekends (or when the weather is beautiful) all need maintenance. To keep your vehicle running optimally, you have to take care of it with things like oil changes, gas, and regular washing.

Tires are an essential component to the safety of your ride. So many things could cause damage to you or your vehicle when you have a bad tire. A blowout could cause an accident, and lack of tire rotation can cause uneven wear on the other tires.

There are many simple things you can do to ensure that you keep your tires healthy and your vehicle safe.

Proper Tire Pressure

The only tool you need to check your tire pressure is a tire gauge. They're inexpensive and can help tremendously. Both over-inflated and under-inflated tires cause uneven wear and can affect both your driving experience and your gas mileage.

To keep the rest of your vehicle running optimally, check your tire pressure once a month on a daily driver, and always check your tire pressure before a long trip. Outside air temperature can cause fluctuations in your tire pressure also, so check them when the weather changes.

To verify the optimal tire pressure on your vehicle, you can look at the rim of the tire or check the owner's manual.

Avoid Road Hazards

It's crucial to avoid foreign objects in the road whenever possible. Running over something like a nail can cause a flat tire and hitting something that fell out of the back of a truck could cause damage to not only the tire but also your rims.

You can't always safely swerve, but there are other precautions you can take. Stay away from construction zones where you might encounter nails, gravel, and other sharp objects. Whenever possible, safely go around roadkill, debris, and anything else that might look strange.

If you run over anything, safely pull over as soon as you can to check your tires for damage and make sure your tire pressure is still accurate.

Respect Your Vehicle's Limits

Squealing tires causes damage to tire tread and decreases the life of the tire. Sometimes it's hard to avoid stopping quickly, but make sure you give yourself enough time and distance to stop smoothly, and always accelerate slowly and safely.

Erratic driving is not only dangerous, but it makes the life of all aspects of your vehicle shorter. Not many vehicles are built to go faster than highway speeds or have enough traction to accelerate like a racecar. Respect your vehicle's limits, so you don't do unnecessary damage to your tires.

If you tow trailers, RVs, or boats, make sure you pay attention to your vehicle's load limits. Don't carry more weight than your car or its tires are designed to tow. It puts too much pressure on your tires and causes further damage.

Inspect Regularly

The more you look at your tires, the more familiar you are with the way they should look. As you get to know your vehicle, you notice things like punctures, cuts, nails, and other damage. Make it a habit to visually inspect your tires and tread for inner and outer wear.

Rotate Your Tires

You should rotate your tires regularly to make sure they wear evenly. When you are ready for a new set of tires, all tires should be ready at the same time. Rotating them ensures that your vehicle handles smoothly. If your tires wear evenly, they get the same amount of traction all around. It prevents the back tires from slipping more than the front, or vice versa.

An easy way to remember to rotate your tires is to do it every two or every three oil changes.

Check Your Alignment

Your alignment also affects how your tires wear. Sometimes you can't avoid potholes or other things that can throw your front end out of alignment. If your front end is out of alignment, your tires will overcompensate for the weakness and take on more damage than usual.

Get your alignment checked regularly, just like rotating your tires or getting an oil change. One of the best things to do is get your oil changed at a facility that also performs a quick overall inspection of the vehicle while it's there. They can top off fluid, check alignment, rotate tires, and suggest other improvements like wiper blades and engine filters.

It goes without saying that proper vehicle maintenance is essential. It keeps you and others on the road safe. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your tires are always properly inflated and healthy. 

It's inevitable that every vehicle needs new tires at some point. All tires have a recommended mileage, and the safest thing to do is get a new set when the tread is low. Southwest Motors has affordable options for all vehicles. Their trusted staff and extensive experience will help you find the right tires for your needs.


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