You love your car. It is probably one of your most prized possessions and, to keep it that way, you want to make sure that you keep it well maintained. This means regular oil changes, tune-ups, and other kinds of things you can do keep your engine running at peak efficiency.
You also (hopefully) love your money. With good reason, it’s hard earned and you spent a good portion of your life making it. So why throw it out the window by avoiding regular maintenance of your car? Cars tend to break down when it’s least convenient, both financially and in regards to timing. But these things can easily be avoided if you’re proactive about keeping your car in tip-top shape.
Making sure that your engine is running perfectly is not the only concern you have. You want to make sure that your tires are in the best condition that they can be in as well. Your car will not be safe if you do not take care of the objects that are in direct contact with the road. This means you need to ensure you provide regular maintenance for the tires as well. And there’s plenty of things you need to know about tires.
So what are the things that you need to do. To be quite frank, there is really not a lot that you have to do. You just need to make sure you do these things if you really want to keep your car safe.
Rotate Your Tires
One of the most important things you can do is to rotate the tires on your car. This is important for several reasons, the most important of which is to extend the life of your tires. For those who have front wheel drive you will find that the tread on the front tires will wear out a lot faster compared to the rear ones will. This will mean that you will have to buy front tires a lot sooner than you will need rear ones, unless you rotate these tires. This will extend the life of your tires and keep the tread a lot better.
Keep the Air Pressure Correct
This is one of the most neglected areas of tire maintenance. Too many people do not check to make sure that their tires are properly inflated. They don’t have enough air and, when they put air in, they overinflate. This is dangerous to the running of your car, and it wears down the tread a lot faster. This can also put undo strain on the shocks. Learn what the proper pressure is and keep your pressure to this level.
Do a Regular Inspection
At least a couple of times a month you should simply do a visual inspection of your tires. Check to make sure that nothing has punctured the tires, that they are not cracked, and that there are no any areas that show great stress. These things can cause a lot of problems that can easily turn into a major issue for you. Run your fingers over the tread and make sure that you check to ensure that it is safe.
Keep the Tire Well Clean
Another area that people do not pay a lot of attention to is the wheel they think that the tire is the biggest concern, but if you have mud or some other debris in the wheel wells this can cause the tires to rotate unevenly. That can cause the tire to become lopsided which can do a lot of damage to your car. A regular cleaning of your car can take care of this.
Make Sure the Brakes and Shocks Are in Good Shape
A lot of people don’t really correlate having good brakes and shocks with keeping their tires well maintained, but if your tires are bouncing around because of poor shocks this will cause your tires to wear down much more quickly. Poor brakes can mean the tread will have to wear more to make stops. This is why keeping them well maintained is important.