Proper Tire Inspections for Winter
Keeping your tires inspected regularly can help the overall performance and efficiency of your vehicle. The tires are the only part of the vehicle that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. It is important to keep them in the best condition possible.
Start by checking the air pressure in each tire. The correct amount of air pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, or on the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the air pressure for you. The air pressure should checked when the vehicle has been sitting for awhile. When you drive, the tires warm up and it could result in a false reading.
The tread wear is also an important part to inspect on the tires. When you drive on wet or slick roads, the tread of the tire is what helps to grip the surface of the road. If the handling is poor on the vehicle, it could mean the tread has worn down and the tire should be replaced soon. You can also place a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low and should be replaced as soon as possible.
Besides checking the regular tires, also remember to check the spare tire as well. The spare tire will be needed incase one of the regular tires goes flat or blows out. It can assist in getting your vehicle to where the tire can be fixed. Remember to not drive more than 50 miles per hour on the spare, as well as not driving a distance of over 50 miles. This is because the spare tire is smaller, and cannot handle higher speeds of driving.
If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can help ensure the vehicle and tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive.