ASK GARY: How can I make sure my vehicle is road-ready?
This week is National Tire Safety Week, and it comes just in time as summer driving heats up. At Jaffarian, we’d like to make sure that our drivers stay safe in the summer by keeping their tires in good condition. Unfortunately, tire care is one of the most commonly overlooked elements of proper car maintenance. Only 15% of drivers properly check their tire inflation pressure and 52% of drivers are unable to tell if their tire has grown bald.
Tires undergo a lot of stress during the hot summer months. By undertaking some easy, at-home checkups, you can not only prevent a catastrophic accident on the road, but you can also save around 9 cents per gallon through greater fuel efficiency. While your dashboard may provide you with several warning lights to alert you if there is engine trouble, it’s easy to forget to check your tires with no lights or alarms to remind you.
Here are 4 easy tips to make sure your tires stay well maintained:
1. Check your tires when they’re “cool”.
While you drive, tires start to heat up which can cause pressure to increase and give an inaccurate reading of actual tire pressure. Checking before you drive is the best way to avoid this problem.
2. Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Get a pressure gauge, find the approved PSI range on the side of tire, and inflate accordingly. Make sure to stay within 5 PSI of the recommendations to avoid dangers caused by over or underinflating.
Place a penny in the grooves of the tire’s treads, making sure Lincoln’s head is pointed face down, towards the center of the tire. If you can’t see the head (that is, the groove is deep enough to obscure the top of Abraham Lincoln), then your tire should be fine. If you can easily see the head, consider replacing your tires soon. Read more: How to Use a Penny to Check Tread Wear on a Tire | eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/how_5910297_use-check-tread-wear-tire.html#ixzz1wrvl5oHz
4. Remember that you have FIVE tires.
Sometimes it’s really easy to forget about the spare tire. Don’t forget that your spare is used for emergencies –and during emergencies, you want to be sure that your tires are properly inflated. Make sure to check your spare tire’s air pressure!