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7 Car Tire Care Tips

June 26th, 2012  |  Insurance

Your tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle. Poor tire considerations can lead to a whole series of issues that can cost you money, and more importantly, put you in danger. Therefore, all drivers need to be aware of proper tire care to ensure their vehicle is operating as efficiently as possible.

  1. Check your tire pressure regularly: While most of us probably wait for our tire pressure to be checked when we get an oil change, it is ideal to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis. Poorly inflated tires can leave failure, less control, and poor gas mileage.

  2. Use winter tires: Winter tires not only give you better traction and control during the winter, they also help to prolong the life of your regular tires.

  3. Store your tires properly: Make sure that you store your tires properly. Improper storage can lead to poor tire performance, tire damage or even the need for replacement.

  4. Rotate your tires: Make sure that you get your tires rotated according to your owner’s manual. In general, you should have your tires rotated about every 10,000 kilometers.

  5. Check your tire tread: It is ideal to get your tire tread checked about every 5,000 kilometers. Worn tread can lead to less control and could leave to a tire malfunction at an inopportune time.

  6. Leave it to the professionals: If you are not sure what to do and what you should be looking for, enlist the services of a tire care professional in your area. They will be able to help you with all of your tire care needs and make sure the job is done correctly.

  7. Be prepared – have a spare tire: You never know when something can go wrong with your tire. Therefore, you always need to be prepared. Ideally you should have the following in your car if you get a flat; the owner’s manual, a spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench.

Proper tire care not only will prolong the life of your tires, it will also help to save you money and prevent tire issues when you are on the road.  

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