June is Tire Safety Awareness Month! While we normally only consider the condition of our tires when the snow starts flying in Grand Rapids, it’s just as important to pay attention to them during the hot summer months to prevent unnecessary wear and tear to your tires, as well as the unneeded expense of buying new ones before you should have to replace them.
The good news is, with a little bit of preventative care, you can help prolong the life of your tires and keep some extra dough in your wallet! Follow these tips for how to care for your tires so they can take care of you out on the road…
Proper Air Pressure
You might be familiar with all the texting lingo the kids are using these days but not knowing what PSI your tires are recommended to have and inadvertently driving around with the wrong pressure won’t have you lol’ing. Each tire manufacturer rates their tires with a recommended PSI, or pounds per square inch to maintain in the tire to have it perform at its best. Overinflating your tires can not only cause premature wear and tear to your tire, but it can also lead to a blowout which depending on when it happens, could be dangerous. Underinflated tires could cause them to wear out faster or to come unseated from the wheel. In addition, underinflated tires may lead to less grip on the road and ultimately, loss of traction while you’re driving. By keeping a tire gauge in your vehicle at all times, you can check them often to make sure they are properly inflated.
It’s a common misconception that since your tires are all on the same vehicle, they should wear out at the same rate. While in theory that makes sense, it takes mindful planning to make them wear out at the same rate. That’s because front tires are more affected by cornering and turning, wearing out at the edge faster than the back ones, while tires that are mounted to the drive wheels will be subjected to additional wear under acceleration. By rotating the tires around the vehicle, you will even wear and extend the life of each tire. While your vehicle’s manual will have your recommended schedule, the average is every 7,500 miles.
You’ve made sure your PSI is in check and have started regularly rotating your tires but as with anything, good tire maintenance includes a balancing act ;) When tires are out of balance, they may have uneven and faster tread wear, your vehicle may get poorer fuel economy and you could experience vibrations in your steering wheel, floorboard or even your seat that gets worse the faster you go. Actually, the type of symptom you’re experiencing can help you locate if the tire is a front tire (shaking in the steering wheel) or a back tire (vibration in seat or floor) that’s unbalanced. Tire balancing provides a smooth ride and helps ensure your tires will wear evenly by properly adjusting tire weight distribution around the entire circumference. Having an imbalanced tire corrected is simple but the work is precise so best left to a professional.
As with many things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking the time to do frequent looks over on your tires can help prevent costly issues in the future. Make it a habit to quickly check all four tires for any signs of an embedded object such as a tire or nail, gouges, or serious wear on your tread.
Your tires are the only point of contact between you and the road beneath you. In addition, they are typically a large but necessary investment and chances are you don’t enjoy having to spend more on them than you have to. Why not make this year the year that you commit to being mindful of the condition of your tires and commit to helping extend their lifetime?
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