Tire Tips

A Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tire.

A Nokian Hakkapeliitta R winter tire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are you going on a road trip this summer?  Have you packed all your sun screen and critical items?  What about the critical items for your car?

Tires are a critical and vulnerable part of a vehicles infrastructure. As a vehicle’s only point of contact with the road, something as simple as improper inflation or worn tread can have seriously negative consequences on ride quality, fuel efficiency and also road safety. By following these five tips below, a driver can help minimize the risks of tire failure while on the road.

 How to Evaluate Your Tires in Just a Few Minutes:

 1.       Put an upside-down penny in the tire tread. If the tread touches or goes into Abraham Lincoln’s head, your tire is OK. If not, time to get a replacement.

2.       Check your tire pressure and make sure your tires are properly inflated. It saves gas and makes the car easier to drive.

 3.       You can learn a lot from a tire’s tread. If your tire is overly worn on the edges or in the center, it’s probably under-inflated.

 4.       Be sure to keep your spare tire properly inflated. You never know when you might need it.

 5.       High temperatures increase air pressure, so check your tires often this summer.

Pep Boys will check your tires and your air pressure as one of their many free services to their customers.  While you’re there get your coolant checked as well and you will be on your way for a safe trip anywhere.

Disclosure: Yes I was asked by Pep Boys to post this, no I wasn’t paid, no I haven’t checked my tires yet, yes I will go with you wherever you are going, what time should I be ready?

Enhanced by Zemanta

Leave a Reply