To help keep your vehicle operating efficiently, make sure that it is inspected on a regular basis. This can help it to be safe and reliable when you will need to drive it. You will also want to remember to check the tires. Checking the air pressure, regular tire maintenance like rotation, alignment, and inspections can help save you money in the long run.
When you inspect the tires regularly, you can help to extend the life of the tires. Simple things like checking your tires’ pressure to make sure that they are properly inflated can make a real difference in how long your tires last. Under inflated or over inflated tires do not wear evenly and will not last as long. Also, since the front and rear axles and right and left sides of your vehicle wear down your tires differently, rotating your tires regularly between the different positions will ensure they wear evenly and last longer.
When the tires are in proper condition, you can also save money on fuel. Tires that are under inflated can be one of the biggest causes of using excess fuel. They also have higher rolling resistance, which means it takes more effort from the engine to move the vehicle. The tires are the only part of the vehicle that will have direct contact with the surface of the road.
If you notice that one of the tires has been damaged, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. Check for any wear or damage to each tire. This way you can avoid any sudden problems that it might have. Also remember to check the air pressure in the tires.
Driving with incorrect tire pressures can affect a vehicle’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously compromise your safety. Driving on severely under-inflated tires can cause heat build-up and eventually a premature failure. Check your tire pressure monthly and before every long trip. If you drive at higher speeds, the tires have a greater chance of being damaged by road hazards or heat build-up. High speeds can also contribute to a rapid air loss or even a sudden tire explosion, which can cause the loss of control of the vehicle. Make sure to notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle and bring it in so we can inspect it.