Tire Tips

Rear tread - penny test

Tire safety is often overlooked. It’s important to be tire smart by educating yourself now. Did you know that over 250,000 accidents take place yearly simply due to an under-inflated tire? Don’t be a statistic. Heed these tire tips from your Newnan car dealer.

Correct tire pressure could save you and your family’s lives. By locating the PSI sticker on your car, usually on the inside of the driver’s door, you can inflate to the exact PSI recommended for each tire. It can also be found in your owner’s manual. Check your tires once a month and always before leaving for a long trip. Wait up to three hours to make sure your tires are cool in order to get the correct PSI. Over 50% of cars and small trucks have at least one under inflated tire.

If your tires are under inflated, this will create excess heat and could lead to a blowout. Not to mention, if you have under inflated tires, it can actually lead to higher fuel costs to you by as much as five cents per gallon. On the fipside, if you over inflate them, this only weakens your tires and makes them susceptible to road damage and handling issues. Never over load your vehicle. Your tires do have weight limits. Overcapacity is the second cause of tire failure.

Perform a tread test by taking a penny and placing it upside down into your tire tread groove. If you see Lincoln’s head is completely covered by the tread, then you have the correct amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, now is the time to purchase a new tire. Making sure you have enough tread is important to your vehicle’s traction. This is particularly important during bad weather. Tires with the correct amount of tread will hold up resistance to hydroplaning.

Make sure your car is properly aligned. If you feel that your steering is starting to pull slightly to one side while driving straight, this is a sign you need to go and get your car realigned. If you’re not aligned correctly this cause’s uneven tire wear. Especially check your alignment if you have been in a collision or if you’re continuously driving on rough and jarring roads.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you check your tires. Happy driving from your friends at SouthTowne Motors.

Photo by Richard Berg (Flickr Creative Commons)

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