Travel Tip Tuesday – Part 2

Tire Safety: Keeping you in the Groove and on the Road.


Ever feel like you are forgetting something important? Chances are -you are. But you’re not alone. According to Corsia, a majority of Americans will put off car repairs for as long as possible. This in turn will lead to more expensive car repairs in the future.


We are coming at you, every Tuesday, with overlooked car maintenance tips that can help you improve your gas mileage, reduce expenses, and keep those loved ones going the distance all summer long!

1. Don’t let Tires Flatten your Fun: Measuring the Pressure

First, you want to make sure that you use a high-quality, reliable pressure gauge. Use the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer; either located on the inside panel of driver’s side door, or in your owner’s manual-not the maximum pressure embossed on the tire’s sidewall. Lower tire pressure can reduce your vehicle’s traction on wet roads and reduce your gas mileage.

-For best results, check your tire’s air pressure when the tires are cooled down, early in the morning.

-Check your tire pressure at least once a month; including the spare.

-Check your tire pressure before going on a long road trip.

2. A Penny for Your Treads: Checking the Tread

Examine tire and select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest. Then, holding the penny upside down with Abe Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger place the penny in the groove of the tire. If you can still see all of Abe’s head then it’s time to replace your tires. If any part of Abe Lincoln’s head disappears into the groove, then your tread is above the 2/32 of an inch legal tread limit.



Tread wear patterns are indicators tire and vehicle condition. Here are some indicators to look for:

-Excessive wear in center tread indicates the tire may be OVER inflated.

-Excessive wear on the shoulders indicates the tire may be UNDER inflated.

-Uneven tread wear (excessive wear on one side, outer treads become knobby) indicates poor wheel alignment.


3. Proper Alignment is Key: When in Need of an Alignment

-If your vehicle pulls or drifts to one side when you are travelling on a straight, flat road.

-If your steering wheel does not return easily after a turn.

-If your steering wheel remains at an angle when driving in a straight line.

If you are not experiencing any of these symptoms but you have recently replaced suspension or steering components, or hit a sizeable object or pothole on the road, it may be time to check for a noticeable wear pattern on the shoulders of the tires.

When your wheels are aligned, you minimize the wear and tear of your vehicle’s tires and overall handling and health. Having your tires properly aligned will maximize overall driver and passenger comfort. By doing so you will dramatically reduce wear on your tires, help increase their life and performance, and improve fuel economy.

4. Balancing Act: When to Have your Tires Balanced

If you have had any of the following:

-You have recently had a tire replaced

-If you have removed a balance weight from a tire, you will need to have them re-balanced

-If you purchased new tires.

Having your wheels properly aligned and balanced will eliminate or minimize steering vibrations to ensure a smooth ride. It will also reduce wear and tear on suspension components, which can save you money and in some instances, your life. If you are experiencing vehicle vibration, noticeable wear and tear to your tires, and last but not least -decreased fuel economy, then having them balanced is a good first step.

Remember prevention is better than a cure; and as valuable as time itself. Take care today and save hundreds, even thousands tomorrow. According to a survey of AAA’s certified Approved Auto Repair shops, “consumers that forget or ignore recommended maintenance ultimately pay higher repair costs,” says John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. “These repair facilities estimate drivers can save an average of one hundred dollars per visit simply by properly maintaining their vehicle,” Nielsen adds. However, the most important reason to worry about your tires? Safety.

5. Tire Condition: Check for Cracks or Damage

You may fall into the trap of thinking your tires are in top condition because of the low mileage you have on them. But, tire age and exposure to the elements can have critical effects on the condition of your tires. Always inspect the sidewalls for cracks or damage due to environmental factors. The sun can be your worst enemy in tire safety.


Looking to protect your tires from the Summer Sun? Check out these items:

-Heavy Duty Spare Tire Cover: Starting at 61$

-Budget Spare Tire Cover: Starting at 49$

-SnapRing Tire Savers: Starting at 49$


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