Tires are arguably the most important safety feature of a vehicle, but they often go uncared for. Here’s some tire care 101 so you can make sure your tires are in good shape.
Proper Tire Care
Proper tire care involves more than a simple inspection every now and then. The first step in tire care 101 is making sure your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can result in increased fuel consumption and reduced fuel economy. On top of that, tires that aren’t properly inflated have a higher rolling resistance. As a result, the engine has to work harder to get the vehicle moving.
As a general rule, you should inspect your tires weekly. Keep an eye out for any bumps, bulges, and cuts. If you spot any damage, it’s best to have a professional inspect the tires. Check the tire pressure while performing your inspection to knock out two birds with one stone.
Exceeding the load capacity of your tires is another way to cause significant damage to your vehicle. Too much weight can cause the tire to generate heat and explode.
Driving at high speeds increases the risk of tire damage. Road hazards and obstacles, like potholes, tend to do more damage as vehicle speed increases. Traveling at high speeds can even result in a blown tire.
If you spot any damage to your tires, it’s important to use your spare. Although a spare tire may not seem as stable as a normal tire, you risk causing further damage to your regular tire if you don’t switch to the spare.
Road trip prep
It’s important to make sure your vehicle, tires included, are in good condition before taking a trip. Before you hit the open road, have your vehicle and its tires inspected by one of the trained automotive technicians at Hampton Mitsubishi.