Feb
13

Three Tips On Keeping Your Tires In Check

Author // NPR Car Talk
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Tires are, in essence, the base of your car. They seem simple enough — certainly, they aren’t as difficult to understand as engines, and many of us believe that as long as we know how to change a tire and have a spare lying in wait, we’ll be okay. But the fact is that there is more to your tires than you might know. For that matter, as much as you may not want to spend your time looking at different tire companies or considering the pros and cons of used tires, understanding the complexities of tires may save you money in the long term, and ensure a safer drive for you and anyone else driving your car. Not all tires are created equal, and certainly there are many different issues that come with different types. When it comes to certain cars, a single set of tires may not be able to make them through the whole year — not because they’re wearing down so quickly, but because different cars have different seasonal needs, especially in areas with harsher weather. Below, we’ll list a few issues in relation to tires that you need to be aware of when driving — and the more you know, the less likely you are to have an accident on the road.

1. Under-inflation

We all know that having a flat tire isn’t a good thing — and that driving with a flat tire presents a certain number of risks. But many of us think that flat tires are the result of age or damage to the tires, and don’t realize that the tires may simply be under-inflated in a way that is fixable — but crucial to your car’s performance. Because this issue is so common, we tend not to treat it with the seriousness that it merits. But in reality, cars that are driving with tires that are under-inflated by 25% or more are three times more likely to be involved in accidents than cars with proper inflation. There are plenty of other issues that come up with under-inflation — your tires will be more easily stressed and thus wear faster, and you’ll experience less control with your vehicle. By the time you notice a flatness in your tire, it may have lost most of its inflation; some tires can lose up to 50% of their inflation without looking flat. Be careful about where you’re buying your tires from — if you notice a recurring trend of improper inflation, the issue may lie with the company or shop you use. Sometimes, however, under-inflation can be an honest mistake, and should be fixed as soon as possible.

2. Improper Tires For The Season

In some areas, winter is more than just cold — it’s downright dangerous. The roads tend to ice over during the winter, and in that case your vehicle needs to be enhanced to an extent. This doesn’t mean going to your mechanic and spending a lot of money; simply by using winter tires, you can make your winters much safer. A winter tire differs from a regular tire in that it has better traction. This will lower your risk of spinning out on the road, and it easier for you to maintain control of your vehicle on a regular basis. Remember, though — it doesn’t matter if you have a four-wheel drive, a front-wheel drive, or a rear-wheel drive. No matter what, you need to have all four winter tires installed. Fortunately, depending on your insurance provider, you can sometimes save up to 5% off your premium by doing so.

3. Rotation And Alignment

Your tires can easily be misaligned — and you won’t notice until they’ve caused an accident. It’s recommended by experts that you have your tire alignment checked every 6,000 miles, or every time you have your oil changed. For that matter, your tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles. A lot can happen to your car without you noticing; and the last thing you want is to be in an accident because of a problem that had an easy solution.

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