Did you know that at least 43,000 Americans die each year from vehicular accidents as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? While 40 percent of these accidents are due to DUIs, some of them come from blown out tires. When you drive using worn-out tires, you are likely to endanger the car’s wheel frame. Follow these easy steps to extend the life of your car’s tires:
- Regularly check all your tires’ air pressure. You can do this once a month, at the very least, and more often when the weather is cold – because the air inside the tires contract in cold weather. Follow your manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure or PSI. You will normally find this stamped on the tire’s side or the side door jamb of the driver. You can check the air pressure yourself by using a car gauge, or have the service crew at your local gas station do it for you when you gas up or get a car wash. Do not rely on guesswork.
- Make sure that the air pressure in all your tires is just right. Have you ever taken a ride with one tire low on air? Do not make this a nasty habit. You will never know when that tire will give out on you. Do not over-inflate your tire or tires either because this could lead to a blown a tire and a nasty accident. Have all tires checked, pronto. Do not rely on guesswork or a visual check.
- Check the treads while checking the tire air pressure or washing your car. Tires have strips running across the treads known as “wear bars” or strips that run across the tire thread and which appear when the treads are too worn down. You cannot drive around when the wear bars on your tires are showing. It is illegal and dangerous.
- Get your car aligned. Have you ever noticed your car drift when you loosen your hold on the steering wheel? Got into a minor accident and bent a fender? Do you regularly pass through bumpy roads? Then it is about time to get your car aligned. Getting a front end alignment at least every six months is great for your car.
- Check your shock absorbers. Shock absorbers help your tires wear out evenly which will help prevent tires from blowing up or flattening unexpectedly.
- Feel the vibration. Do you feel your wheel vibrating when you get to certain speeds? Then it is time to get your wheels balanced.
- Remember to get your tires rotated. This will help them wear evenly. If you cannot do it yourself, look for professionals to do this for you.
Be a responsible vehicle owner! You can easily incorporate these tips on how to extend the life of your car’s tires in your routine or even ask other people to do some of these for you. Save money on expensive new tires, car repairs and ultimately drive safely to your destination by consistently following these tips.