Tires Can Improve Performance, Gas Mileage, and Safety
Your tires affect how your vehicle handles in various weather conditions, whether you get the most out of your next gas fillup, and how quickly you stop.
You'll derive the greatest benefits and longest life from a good set of tires if you follow good maintenance and get replacements when needed. Take these important steps to ensure that your tires remain in the best condition:
- First and foremost, keep your tires properly inflated. It is normal for tires to lose air over time, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA ) recommends checking your tire pressure at least once a month. Follow the pressure limits in your vehicle owner's manual, not exceeding the limits marked on your particular tire model. In most cases, properly inflated tires will give you better fuel economy that underinflated tires. Don't over-inflate your tires, as this can cause tire damage and blow-outs.
- Don't over-load your vehicle. You've probably seen this before - a car, truck or van so over-loaded that it looked as if it would collapse on its own springs. In addition to other damage this can inflict on a vehicle, excessive loads can severely damage tires, even causing sudden deflation or blow-outs. Follow the load limits set by your vehicle's manufacturer; these can be found in your owner's manual.
- Don't allow the tread thickness your tires to wear below 1/16th of an inch - and for driving in heavy rain or snow, that minimum depth may not be adequate. Heavily worn tires simply don't have the same grip that newer tires have. This grip is vital for acceleration, holding the road on curves, and most importantly, stopping.
- Make sure your wheels are properly balanced and aligned. Minor irregularities in weight within a wheel (both in the rim and tire) cause shaking as it rotates, due to the effects of centrifugal force. In a car traveling at highway speeds, with tires spinning at over 100 revolutions per minute (RPM), an unbalanced wheel can impair overall handling and add significant wear to tires. Alignment ensures that tires are positioned correctly, not angled in or out, relative to the frame. You can get a sense of how this affects the car if you've ever tried to move a shopping cart with one wheel stuck in an angled position.
- Rotate your tires at least every 5000 miles. This prevents uneven wear.
If you have questions about your tires, need service, or replacements, call or visit Remington Automotive. We're glad to help.
You can learn more about tires and tire safety at the U.S. Department of Transportation's NHTSA website