Tire maintenance is an extremely important part of car ownership. It increases both safety and…
How to Take Care of Your Tires
Some of the most important, yet often overlooked, parts on your car are your tires. When you take care of your tires, it not only keeps you safe, but can also save you gas and prolong the life of your tires. Here are a few tips on caring for your tires.
- Air Pressure
One of the simplest ways to care for your tires is by checking the air pressure regularly. Under-inflated or over-inflated tires do not wear evenly, meaning they won’t last as long as they should. Check your tire pressure once a month and add air as needed. Try to do this when your tires are “cold.”
Because your front and rear left and right tires do not all wear the same way, it is important to have your tires rotated regularly. Experts recommend doing this a couple times a year.
An important indicator of a tire’s life is its tread. The tread is what gives a tire its grip and helps you stay connected to the road. When the tread is too thin, you could lose traction, especially if the road is wet or snowy. The legal minimum tread depth is 2/32nd of an inch. However, experts recommend replacement at 4/32nd of an inch.
If you need any assistance checking your tires, schedule a service appointment today at Crown Kia of Longview.