It's a big deal when you first hand over the keys to your teenaged driver. Not only is it an emotional time because your once little child is all of a sudden so grown up, but it's also a time of worry. Will they follow the speed limit? Are they texting while driving? All sorts of questions like these will run through your mind from time to time. You have probably told them the importance of car maintenance. You may even have stressed it until they got annoyed with you. (Teenagers, right?) But, there's one area of maintenance that yo may have missed, and that's tire care. Whether your child is driving to high school, the movies or off to college, tire care is vital to on-road safety. Here are five tips to help you, and them, prepare their car for their time spent behind the wheel.
Check Tire Pressure
Tires are one of the most important parts of a car. They are also one of the main components that will help keep drivers safe on the road. We all know tires require air in order to roll correctly. But they also need a certain amount of air. Tires with poor pressure – too little air, for instance – can cause a number of problems. They decrease fuel economy and they provide poor traction with the road, which greatly lowers safety. Tire pressure should be checked regularly – once per month and before every long road trip. This means all four tires, plus the spare. To learn the correct tire pressure for your specific car and tires, check these spots:
Gas tank lid
Driver's side door
Keep Car Aligned
A car in need of an alignment may just seem like an annoying pull to the let or right while driving. But, there is actually much more to it. Not only can an unaligned car lead to lower fuel economy and unsafe driving conditions, but it can also cause tire problems, like uneven and rapid wear. The result is poor traction with the road and more money spent on new tires. Wheels should be checked periodically for poor alignment or if you notice trouble signs like your car pulling to one side while driving on a straight, flat road.
When you hear the word tire rotation, you may wonder, “Is simply moving tires to a new spot really going to make a difference?” While the concept may sounds silly, to answer the question, yes, rotating your tires makes a world of difference in the overall performance and lifespan of your tires. When tires are rotated, they will wear much more evenly. As a result, you won't spend as much time or money shopping for new ones.
Tire rotations should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. For a more exact timeframe, check your owner's manual.
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This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged tires, car tires, car safety, automotive tires, tire maintenance, importance of tires on car, tire rotations, importance of tire rotations, tire traction, tire pressure, psi on 01/04/2017 at 9:51 PM