When performing car or truck maintenance, an often overlooked component of a vehicle is the tires. You have to remember that the things separating you and your beloved passengers from the potentially deadly asphalt is the tires themselves. It’s certainly important to keep your tires at the recommended pressure, which you should be able to find in your car owner’s manual. When maintaining the correct tire pressure, it’s also a good idea to inflate your tires when they are cool, or in other words when you’ve driven on them less than one mile in advance. Be sure to check the tire pressure on a monthly basis so you don’t overlook potentially under-inflated tires.
Now, because of stricter emissions rules, manufacturers need to sell lighter cars. This means that often instead of a spare tire they’ll include a patch kit and a can of compressed air to save on extra weight. This means that, when shopping for a new car, you must check to ensure a spare tire is included. Don’t let yourself become stranded on the side of the road without four good tires!
Absolutely necessary car care and truck maintenance includes regular examination of your tires, which will help avoid a roadside incident. If you do experience a tire blowout it’s important to remember not to panic and to pull safely over to the side of the road. If you’re not sure how to swap your types of tires yourself, it’s always an option to call AAA who will come help, whether if it’s with a change of tires or a tow to the nearest auto repair shop.
If you do have to pull over and wait, be sure to turn on your hazard lights. This will help other cars avoid an incident, especially at night. If you live in a climate that changes drastically throughout the seasons, be sure to consider all season tires. They can be literally life-saving on icy roads, especially when you’re heading downhill.
Tires are an important part of car and truck maintenance that shouldn’t be overlooked. Be sure you’re ready for whatever the asphalt wants to throw at you! When the rubber hits that road, you’ll be grateful!