All About Tires
A critical component of any car are the tires on which it sits. Without them, your car simply wouldn’t move—at least not very gracefully. There are many aspects to tire maintenance and replacement, and maybe you’ve wondered what exactly they entail or even why they’re necessary. Tire upkeep is extremely important in ensuring your car runs efficiently and safely. Keep reading for a breakdown on everything you should do to keep your tires healthy and working properly!
Treads, Treads, Treads The outermost layer of your tires is the treads. Made up of different patterns and grooves, the treads are what come into contact with the road. They help give your car traction and make sure you don’t slide all over the road. Like anything else, your treads will wear down over time. The more worn down they are, the less efficiently they will perform because you’ll have less traction and it will potentially lead to dangerous driving conditions. One common way to check your tires is the penny test. Take a penny and insert into one the grooves in your tires. Spin the coin around so that Abraham Lincoln’s head is pointing toward the tire. Note how deeply the penny gets. Do the treads cover old Honest Abe’s head? If so, your treads are in good shape. If the treads only come to the top of his head or not at all, it’s time for new tires.
Tire Rotation Why do people rotate their tires? Basically, each of your tires experiences different things when you drive. From the difference in weight between the front and back of your car, to the right and left side being driven on differently. Rotating your tires to different wheels makes sure they have a chance to wear down at a somewhat consistent pace with the other tires. When all the tires have the same wear, this helps your fuel economy and traction.
Air Pressure Just like your treads, air pressure plays a very big role in making sure your car drives efficiently and safely. If the pressure in your tires is too low or too high, it can seriously affect your fuel economy. Not enough pressure means your car has to work harder to propel itself. By contrast, too much pressure decreases the traction your tires have on the road. Air pressure is measured in PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) and different cars require different pressure levels for different tires. The PSI for front and back tires can usually be found on the inside of your driver side door panel. Make sure to check your tire pressure regularly as it can change frequently with the weather.Taking care of your tires ensures your car runs smoothly and safely. While it can require a little bit of vigilance and know-how, doing so is crucial to the longevity of the tires and your car.