When thinking of your vehicle, it is important to remember that the only thing between you and the road is the four tires that you are riding on. Tire care is vital to your safety and can save you money too. The Original 1-800 Charity Cars, America’s #1 Car Donation Charity, would like to share the following tire care tips with you today to ensure your tires are roadworthy, safe, and cost-efficient.
VISUAL ROUTINE INSPECTION - You should routinely walk around your vehicle and visually inspect your tires at least once a week. Check for signs of deterioration, wear, punctures, or any other signs of damage that warrant replacement or repair.
ROTATE YOUR TIRES - Rotating your tires will extend their lifespan and you can find the rotation schedule for your vehicle’s tires in your owner’s manual.
KEEP YOUR CAR ALIGNED - Alignment of the vehicle’s suspension makes sure it is easily and correctly handled. This will help in increasing the life span of your tires and their performance as well. Daily hiccups in driving like hitting a pothole or curb can cause things to become misaligned.
BALANCE YOUR TIRES - If your tires are out of balance, you may experience: vibrations, tread wear that is irregular, tread wear that comes to quickly on new tires, and excessive stress on the front end. If you replace a tire, make sure that the facility properly balances your new tire to avoid these issues.
MAINTAIN CORRECT AIR PRESSURE - You should always make sure to have your tires inflated to your vehicle manufacturer’s pressure standard. You do not want to use the standards for pressure imprinted on your tires, as those are not specific to your vehicle. Those standards are just a maximum operating pressure from the tire manufacturer. Your specific vehicle pressure will be found in your owner’s manual, glove compartment, or inside your driver’s side door. Follow the pressure standards for the accurate inflation to your respective vehicle. Check the air pressure at least once a month and always do so when your vehicle is cold. Don’t forget to check the spare tire too.
TREAD DEPTH - If you can see the tread wear indicator bars on any of your tires, or the remaining tread has worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread, then the tire(s) need to be replaced.
In closing we would like to also point out the following tire care tips for your driving habits that can help to maximize the life of your tires, and increase safety on the road:
- Avoid speeding, taking curves, or making turns at high speeds.
- Try to avoid running over curbs, hitting potholes, running over debris, or riding on the edge of the road.
- Pay attention, and keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles, so you can avoid quick stops.
- Accelerate at a normal rate of speed when you take off, avoiding fast starts.
Here at 1-800-Charity Cars, we understand that there may come a time when, despite following the advice of these tire care tips, we will still suffer the dreaded flat tire. You be prepared for a flat tire in the future by reading our article on How To Change A Flat Tire.