Inspect Your Tires
Look over each tire to ensure the tread depth is at a safe level. A quick tip is to take a penny and place it, head down, in the tire tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tires are worn and you should consider replacement. Another sign of tire wear is the vehicle pulling to the left or right when driving. This can mean the tires are worn down or damaged on one side or the other. If you experience tire pull, inspect the tires on that side of the vehicle. You may need to get your tires aligned or replace your tires to correct this issue. An easy tip to remember before heading out on a road trip is to ensure your tires are properly inflated. This helps to promote even tire wear and enhances fuel mileage.
Rotating tires can help to keep them wearing evenly and elongate the life span. When your tires are rotated, the back tires and front tires are swapped. This helps to gain maximum life and performance out of your tires. Tires on a vehicle that is front wheel drive may wear unevenly because the tires are used to grip, causing the surface to wear down quicker. If you notice uneven wear when you inspect your tires, you may need to schedule a tire rotation, before heading on a road trip.
Proper tire alignment promotes even tire wear and helps to keep your vehicle headed straight, when driving on the road. Each vehicle has proper alignment recommendations for the make and model. Over time, traveling on bumpy roads or running over something, your tires can get out of alignment. If you experience drifting or pulling, when you drive your vehicle, it may be time for an alignment.
Over time, your tires will naturally wear down and need to be replaced. New tires can help keep you and your family safe on the road, as you travel out of town for the holidays. It is also a good idea to ensure your tires are in proper condition before winter weather strikes in the area. New tires, with good tire tread can help your vehicle grip when traveling on slick, snow-covered roads.
When you look over your tires before heading out on a road trip to see family over the holiday season, be sure to schedule any vehicle maintenance needs right away! Your trusted car dealer in mid-Missouri is here to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road, though proper tire checks. Our expert maintenace department in California, MO can help get your vehicle ready for the holiday. Give us a call today at 573-796-3129 to schedule your tire maintenance before the holiday season arrives.
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