Perhaps the most important part of keeping your car running great and looking good is regular car maintenance. This same concept applies to tires as well. Although all tires will eventually conk out, caring for them can significantly improve their health and keep you from having to buy brand new tires, which means the more money you get to keep in your pocket.
As a tire shop that offers both repairs, new and used tires, inspections, balancing, and more, we take great pride in providing Kearny and surrounding New Jersey areas with a one-stop tire shop. Learn more about our services, and contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Why Is Tire Care Important?
Regularly checking air pressure and keeping up with tire rotation, tire alignment, and inspecting your tires has a number of benefits. Firstly, it keeps your car safe, which means it keeps you safe. Secondly, it helps improve the life of your tires. And lastly, it can help you save money. Not only will you save money because you do not have to buy new tires as often, but it will also save you money on fuel—did you know that under-inflated tires are one of the key factors of excessive fuel use? This is because under-inflated tires encounter more resistance, which means your car has to work harder to move, which means you use more gasoline.
What Tasks Should I Include In My Tire Care?
To keep your tires in optimal condition—and to reap all the benefits that go along with having quality tires—consider these tire care tips:
Inspecting tires doesn’t always require a tire shop or auto professional. You can perform a tire inspection every day before you set off to your destination. Making a habit out of routinely looking for any damage, wear and tear, or low air is perhaps the most crucial tire care tip. Also, in conjunction with your inspection, consider having a tire care professional perform a thorough inspection at least once a year. This can provide you with some peace of mind and reaffirm your abilities as a tire inspector.
Monitor Air Pressure
Tires are the only part of your vehicle that is in contact with the road. Naturally, they are of paramount importance when it comes to the function of your car. Tires contribute to gas mileage, handling, braking, and more. When tires are under-inflated they can pose a serious threat to your safety and to the life of your tires. Be sure to check tire pressure routinely and especially before any long road trip. Additionally, check air pressure when tires are cool (i.e. before you start driving or after they have had a chance to cool, which can take approximately three hours). If tires are hot, you can add an extra four to five psi to the recommended pressure value.
Don’t Over-Inflate or Overload
Just as under-inflated tires can jeopardize the function and life of your tires, so can over-inflated tires. Tires that have been pumped up too much have reduced grip, wear quicker, and can cause your car to consume more fuel. Additionally, be cognizant of the load capacity of your vehicle and your tire’s load index. Tires that are loaded in excess are susceptible to a heat build-up that can cause a sudden blowout.
Control Your Speed
Speeding can not only jeopardize road safety, but it can also damage your tires. When you are traveling at great speeds, your tires are more likely to be ruined by road hazards and heat build-up. On top of this, exceeding speed limits can also contribute to rapid air loss and sudden explosions, both of which are problems that can cause your car to suddenly lose control.
Curious how often you should rotate your tires? Tire shops recommend performing a rotation once every 5,000 miles. For high-performance tires, you may need to do this more frequently. When rotating tires it is important to choose a rotation pattern and stick to it. This is because a car’s weight is not distributed evenly. The front of the car, for example, bears more weight because of the engine. This means that the front tires tend to carry more weight and wear more quickly. Regardless of the tire rotation pattern you choose, stick to it and be consistent with when you perform your rotation. Also, including your spare tire into the rotation—and by spare, we do not mean your “donut” tire—you can get even more life out of each tire. For more information on tire rotation, check out this previous blog of ours, When to Rotate Tires.
If you are not 100% confident in your ability to perform a tire rotation on your own, contact your local tire shop. They can work with you to not only rotate tires but also to determine whether you need your wheels balanced, valve stems replaced, and more. If you stop by Kearny’s go-to tire shop, we can also perform auto diagnostics and inspections. Learn more about our auto diagnostics services.
Remember that if you want to get the most out of your tires, you have to practice proper tire care. Performing this routine maintenance will reward you with improved handling and performance, better gas mileage, enhanced safety, and saved money. If you are in the Kearny, New Jersey area and want to have your tires inspected by professional committed to your safety, stop by your local tire shop—Road Runner Tire Shop.