Stay Safe And Check Your Tires

May 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Car Safety

According to several studies and official data reports, women are less likely to be involved in an accident than men, however, men are more likely to be more informed as to what they need to do in order to maintain their vehicles and what to do to keep tires and engine running in perfect shape.

Auto experts urge all drivers to follow certain steps in order to maintain their vehicles in perfect shape and avoid accidents.

When the season changes, tires are the first components to suffer with the pressure of the weather shift. Checking the tread of your tire could help you to identify if it’s time for your tires to retire or not. You do not want to hit your brakes suddenly and have your car go into a skid because your tires have no more tread. One of the easiest ways to check your tread is to use a penny. Place the coin inside of the tread and check if Lincoln’s head is visible. If it isn’t, you’re good to go. If the head is visible, than you need new tires.

Make sure the tire pressure is adequate. If your tires are not inflated properly, you could experience a tire failure that could pose an accident risk. Deflated tires could also affect your gas mileage. You can use a manual gauge that as station offer or you can take your car to be checked by a professional at an automotive shop. Check your vehicle’s owner manual to make sure you know what the manufacturer recommends when it comes to proper tire inflation.

Your tires must also be rotated every 5,000 or 8,000 miles. Keep that in mind and do not let it go over the 8,000 miles mark since the last time you got them rotated. When the time has come to get tires replaced, try to replace all four tires at once. If you are not able to do all four at once, replace the rear tires before you do the front tires. The driver has much more control over the vehicle if the two tires in the back are newer than the tires in the front of the car.

Experts also urge drivers to make sure they are aware of what they need before talking to a salesman. It’s easier to go for whatever the salesman offers when you’re not aware of exactly what you need or what is best for your car. Do your research before you set foot in a store to get the best deal and choose wisely when it comes to new tires.

Multiple reports show that the brand also makes a difference. When looking for new tires, not always the most expensive are the best. Follow this link to learn more about tires and how to maintain them properly.


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