Prepare Your Tires For the Holidays

Checking your tires periodically and when you have a long distance trip planned is strongly recommended to ensure safety on the road for you and your car.

Keeping Up With Your Tires

Your tires should always be inflated as recommended in the service manual for your car. This will ensure your tires last longer. Driving with under inflated tires is not safe because it reduces the area between the ground and the thread of your tires. Under inflated tires also cause higher fuel consumption and produces noises and vibrations when driving. When the tires are overinflated, it can cause the main part of your tire threads to wear down faster. The right inflation gives you and your passengers the most safety in all driving conditions. Always check the tire pressure before you go on a long trip and at least one time a month. Additionally, you should always drive with a fully inflated spare tire in the vehicle in case of emergencies.

Checking For Damage

Always check the walls of your tires for any damage. Damages can occur from hitting the pavement with the tire while parking the vehicle. This can cause bubbles and cuts in the tire wall. When the vehicle is exposed to extremely hot or cold weather, you might also find cracks in the walls. Cracks can occur from the tires being old as well. As a safety measure, old tires need replacing even if they have thread on them.

Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Make sure you check your tires for even wear. Rotate your steering wheel to the extreme right or left to

see if both edges of the tires are equally worn. If the tires are more worn on the outside or inside, let your automotive technician know so he or she can align the tires correctly. Tires have bars, and when the tread lugs wear down so much that the bars connect across the lugs, the tires are worn out and shouldn’t be used.

Louetta Automotive Is Here to Help

These are just a few things that will help you maintain the life of your tires. If you have a long distance travel coming up soon, visit Louetta Automotive. Louetta Automotive can service your current tires, or they can set you up with a new, safe set of tires for your vehicle.

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