Checking your tires regularly for proper inflation is essential. Having air pressure that's too high will result in longer stopping distances and excess bounce because less of your tire is touching the ground. Having air pressure that's too low will result in your car working harder to move, therefore your vehicle will use more gas and your tires could wear prematurely due to excess friction. You can find the recommended air pressure or psi for your tires in your owner's manual or on the sticker on the inside of your driver's side door. Keep in mind, temperature can affect the air pressure in your tires so pay attention when the weather changes.
1. Keep your tires properly inflated
Your tires will naturally wear differently depending on where they are at on your car, how you drive, how your tires are aligned, etc. Having uneven tread wear can result in you buying tires more often! Even tread wear on all tires is ideal because it'll give your car enough grip on the road to stop when you need to. You can accomplish this by rotating your tires every other oil change and having your tires balanced when needed.
2. Rotate and balance your tires
Each vehicle and set of tires can only handle so much weight before potential damage. Tires that are overloaded with weight can become too hot when in use and are at risk of blowing out on the road. You can typically find this information in your owner's manual.
3. Don't overload your vehicle
Simply visually inspecting your tires by checking their tread with a penny, looking for cracks or bulges, and looking for nails or other foreign objects that may have penetrated the tire can save you a headache. Seeing low tread, or any other irregularities can mean your safety is at risk on the road, so make sure to get your vehicle in as soon as possible for an inspection.
4. Check your tires regularly
At North Brothers Ford we want you to stay safe on the road with these tire maintenance tips for National Tire Safety Week. If you see any of these symptoms, need help inspecting your tires, or need a new set of tires, we'd be happy to help and get you back on the road safe in no time! In fact, we have a tread spec machine that inspects the tread and pressure of your tire in detail when you simply drive over it. We'll show you how your tires are doing individually and give you steps to help keep them in great shape.
If you're in set of a whole new set of wheels we've got the lowdown on Buying Vs. Leasing with a look at the pros, cons, and facts of each option side-by-side. For even more details on each, check out our How to Buy a Vehicle and How to Lease a Vehicle pages, which detail the process, common financing terms, and vehicle value. While we can't make the decision for you, we can help you through the process and find you the perfect vehicle!
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