Tis The Season to Change Tires
There was a day, not too long ago, when tires were not expected to hold. When travelling a long distance it would not be surprising to have to change a popped tire at least once, maybe even twice along the way. But as car technology has improved, tires have as well. This is great for all of us, except that sometimes we rely a bit too much on our tires, and so we’re shocked when one of them gives out.
The reality is that worn out tires are dangerous. The worst-case scenario is that a worn tire causes you to lose control of your vehicle an can lead to accident.
The biggest menace when it comes to tires is not only wear, but also dry rot. Oils and chemicals on the road, combined with steady UV exposure and simply the heat of driving at fast speeds can cause the rubber to lose its flexibility and become brittle. You can see this especially when a tire starts to crack. Think of an old rubber band, particularly one that has been exposed to the sun over time. When you try to use this band for its purpose, it breaks. If you start to see cracks in your tire, it is definitely time to bring it in for a free inspection.
As is more commonly known, it is important to check the tread depth of your tires. One way of doing this is to place a quarter, head down, into the tire. Washington’s head should be covered, at least down to his forehead. If it’s not, it’s time to replace the tires. Also, if you notice uneven wear on the treading, perhaps a tire is more worn on the inside than the outside; then it is definitely time to replace the tire and also diagnose the problem so that it doesn’t happen again.
Also, every tire has a guaranteed length of time or mileage that the tires are good for. Once your guarantee period is expired, it’s a good rule-of-thumb to replace the tires. The best thing about new tires is that while driving they feel like your car is wearing new shoes. Our customers say that they really feel the car driving smoother and quieter.
As we enter into Spring, it is especially important to check your tires so that you are safe in your car in the event of a storm. We can’t stress how important both tires and brakes are to the safety of you, your passengers, and those who share the road with you. If you have any questions, want to come in for a free diagnostic, or if you know that your tires are ready for replacement and realignment, we are happy to serve you.
One last thing: to save on fuel economy and keep your tires lasting as long as possible, remember to check your air pressure and fill them if necessary at least every 4-6 weeks.