Tire Care & Maintenance Tips

Tips to Help Your Tires Last

These days, motorists are always looking to save money. From cutting back on their mileage to securing all-encompassing auto insurance, there are many ways to protect your ride and save money. Part of this is taking proper care and performing regular maintenance on your tires. In return, they’ll reward you with better gas mileage and improved handling and performance. Can’t wait to get started? Read on.

Check and Inflate

Tires can lose one PIS (pound per square inch) of air pressure per month. Check your tires once a month, preferably in the morning to make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level. Top up as needed.

Proper Tire Rotation

On average, tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles, and more frequently for high-performance tires. Regularly rotating the tires can help prevent uneven tire wear, helping your tires last longer and wear smoother. On front-wheel drive vehicles, the front tires wear out almost twice as fast as the rear tires. A mechanical issue, such as a misaligned suspension, could lead to uneven tire wear.

 How to Tell When You Need New Tires

Tire tread is more important than you think. When the tire’s tread is worn, your vehicle may be unable to handle weather conditions like rain. Worn tires can also make other parts of your vehicle wear down faster. There are three major factors that tell you when you need new tires:

  • Tread wear: The tread on your tires should never fall below 1/16 of an inch (1.6 millimeters) in depth. You can check your tire tread easily by inserting a penny into the grooves on your tire. If any part of Lincoln’s head is showing, it’s time to replace your tires.
  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions: Heat, ice, snow, and any dramatic changes in temperature can have an adverse reaction on your wheels. Combine the cold temperatures and potholes and rocks, and your tires may need replacing quickly.
  • Tire age: Regardless of tread wear, many vehicle manufacturers generally recommend that you replace your tires after six years.

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