Car Basics: Tires, Brakes, & Auto Insurance

Tires, Brakes, and Auto InsuranceKeep yourself safe on the road by minding your tires, brakes, and auto insurance. 

Driving carefully will go a long way towards keeping you protected out on the road, but it’s not the only thing you should be doing. In fact, if you’re not performing the basic maintenance your car needs you could find yourself in an accident no matter how cautious you are behind the wheel!

To ease yourself into car maintenance, focus on two of your vehicle’s most important components: its tires and its brakes. Here’s what you need to know about both of them.


If you hear noise when you brake, notice that it’s hard to press your brake pedal or that it almost touches the floor when you do, feel vibration when you brake, or feel your vehicle pull in one direction when you brake, it’s time to get your brakes either tuned up or replaced. You don’t want to be without good brakes when you need them! If you note any of these warning signs, don’t wait to head to your mechanic. Every few months, pay special attention to how your brakes are handling so you can notice these signs early on.


Your tires are your only point of contact with the road, so they matter a lot! Every three months, check that your tires are at the proper air pressure (if you’re not sure what it is, check your owner’s manual). Also, grab a penny to test your tire tread. Put the penny into the tread grooves of your tires. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get new tires. Finally, rotate your tires every 5,000 miles or so.

With all the work you’re putting into your car, it just doesn’t make sense to drive it around without an auto insurance policy that will go to work for you! To get the right California coverage for your car, contact Lou Aggetta Insurance Services in Pleasant Hill today.