Stay Off The Side Of The Road By Maintaining Your Tires


With the cost of tires steadily rising, you may have a desire to wait a little longer before replacing them. Instead, you want to make sure you keep your tires well maintained to avoid blowouts when you are on the road. A blowout at high speeds can cause you to wreck and suffer injuries. It can also leave you stranded on the side of the road. If this happens at night on a desolate road, you can find yourself in serious danger and in need of towing services. There are several reasons you may endure a blowout, but there are also ways to prevent many of them. Here are some tips to help you better maintain your tires so you don't find yourself stranded on the side of the road. 

Inspect the Tread

On average, tires tend to wear approximately 1/32" for every 13,000 to 14,000 miles you drive. Knowing this, you can better gauge when it will be time to replace your tires. You should check them every so often to see if the tread is wearing down faster than expected. You may also want to change the way you drive or have your tires rotated if they seem to be wearing down faster. 

Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure

Many cars nowadays will actually alert you when your tires are low on pressure, but not all of them contain this helpful feature. When the tire pressure is too low, it can affect the performance of the vehicle, fuel economy, and life of the tire. If the pressure remains too low, it can affect the way the tire wears. Uneven wear is not good on the tire because it can change the way the drive feels.

Clean Off The Tires

Even though you may clean your tires because you want them to look nice, it is also important in helping them function. When driving on the road, you are going to come into contact with debris, snow, and even ice. This buildup on the tires can contribute to the rubber deteriorating much faster. When salt is put on the roads to help melt the ice and snow, it collects on the tires and wheels. The salt will eat away at your wheels if they are made of steel or aluminum. 

Buy the Right Tires

Buying quality tires can help you in many ways. When you choose cheaper quality tires, you could face quicker wear and end up replacing them often. In the end, this could cost you more money than if you bought the higher quality tires to begin with. 


12 November 2015

planning for roadside emergencies during road trips

When planning a road trip, there are several things to plan for. Not only do you have to worry about where you are going, but you have to consider everything along the way. Who would you call if the car was to break down along the road? What if you got a flat tire and couldn't get the tire off of the car? Planning for these emergencies can take some of the stress off of things as they happen. Visit my blog to find out what you should do before leaving your home to ensure that you are prepared for all of the roadside emergencies you could face.