Considering that the tires are the only parts of
the car that actually maintain contact with the surface of the road,
they’re actually four of the most important safety features on your car
– or five if we count the spare!
When you are thinking about your tires,
here are a few things to keep in mind:
When tires are overloaded they are inflated
beyond the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure. This varies by
vehicle, so check the door jam of your vehicle for information on the
proper air pressure for your car’s tires.
Under-inflated tires have less than the
recommended air pressure. Keeping your tires properly inflated is an
easy way to improve gas mileage.
Tires with less than 4/32” tread left
should be replaced. Tires may wear unevenly so inspect all surfaces
thoroughly. Most manufacturers recommend replacement after 6 years,
regardless of wear or mileage. Many tire centers won’t even service
tires that are over 10 years old.
Different tires for different driving
All-season tires provide better traction in winter, but can’t manage the
heat created in high speed driving.
Summer/dry performance, or ultra-high performance tires, won’t grip on
snowy or icy roads.
Winter tires have deeper treads than summer tires, increasing traction
on snow and ice, but reducing grip on dry and wet roads. Tires designed
for winter conditions are optimized to drive at temperatures below 7 °C
The Spare Tire:
The spare tire is your lifesaver when a tire goes flat. Don’t skimp on
this piece of safety equipment. Invest in a full-sized spare and have it
checked by your mechanic when you have your tires rotated.
The list above is a short introduction to your vehicle’s tires. Take the
time to get to know your tires and consult your mechanic with any
questions along the way.
Ensuring that your tires are in good condition keeps you and your family
safer on the road, saves you money with better gas mileage and improves
your overall ride.
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