With no tires, you can’t get anywhere with your car. Keeping a good eye on the condition of your tires is one of the most important tasks you have as a driver. Here are the signs your tires are in good condition — versus when it’s time they are replaced.
When you think about it, the tires on your car are the only part that directly hit the road. The integrity of your tires affects how you’re able to handle your vehicle, how it rides, brakes, and even affects rider safety, too. AAA explains that for best performance, tires on your car must have the correct air pressure, tread depth, balance, and be properly aligned.
To get the longest lifespan out of your tires, it’s important to maintain correct tire pressure. Further, the air pressure is important for your gas mileage. In your owner’s manual, you will see a recommended tire pressure that will ensure you’re getting the most of your gas mileage, handling, and tire life.
When your tire treads begin to wear down, you risk your safety when driving in all conditions, but especially in wet weather like rain and snow. Good treads help your car have a better grip on the road. To test your tread depth, all you need is a penny. Place a penny head-first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, it could signal your treads are worn and that new tires are needed.
Wheel alignment errors can cause three basic problems on your car; irregular tire wear, handling problems and a crooked steering wheel. A common indicator of misalignment is excessive shoulder wear on a tire. This type of irregular wear is often caused by errors in camber or toe. Your car’s balance has to do with weight distribution. Having uneven balance can result in an uneven distribution of weight.
There are two ways that you can check for signs of tire problems. First is what you can notice by looking at your tires, the next is problems to keep an eye out for while you’re driving.
Trust Scott’s Auto for all of your tire needs. If you’re not sure where the life of your tires currently stand, stop by and see us for peace of mind. With locations in Fort Collins, Montrose, Grand Junction, and Loveland, we’re here for you. Call to let us know when you want to come in, or just stop on by!