When it comes to strain on your vehicle, nothing takes the heat like your tires do. That’s right, just because they’re meant to withstand massive amounts of wear, doesn’t mean they can go on forever, and in fact, driving on worn out tires is one of the most dangerous things you can do. So how do you prevent that from happening? After all, you’re not going to check your tires every single time you use your vehicle, right?
How Often You Should Check Your Tires
Thankfully, you don’t have to. However, you do have to perform semi-regular tire checkups to be able to notice any signs of wear before they cause a safety concern. They are only four areas where your tire is in direct contact with the road. These four areas carry the weight of the vehicle, the strains produced in turning and speeding up, and the task of transmitting the power of the vehicle to the road that carries it over the many different changes and differences in gradient. Your tires are also responsible for compensating for the changes caused by braking and cornering. Yes, these giant concoctions of rubber are pretty impressive once you get to thinking about them.
Regular checks should be made at least once every 2 weeks. This ensures that no wear has taken too much of a toll on your tire. A tire that is already worn out will wear out twice as fast from that point on, so be sure to check them before long trips as well.
How To Check Your Tires
You can check your tire’s tread by using a penny. Place the penny inside of the treaded areas of your tire and if the head of the figure on the coin is covered at the top, your tread is fine. If your tread isn’t enough to cover any portion of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too worn and it’s time to replace your tire.
Make Your Tires Last As Long As Possible
You can make your tires last as long as possible by avoiding certain things in the road. First of all, go the speed limit. If you drive at the limit, you reduce the strain on your vehicle in places with less regulated roads. With more bumps or differences in pavement gradient, your car is more prone to having tire troubles. Avoid debris and potholes. Your car takes an significant hit to it’s structural integrity every-time you go over one.
Also, check your tires regularly. You can avoid driving unsafely and save yourself time and maybe even money. After all, driving to get new tires is much better than being towed to get new tires.