A Helpful Guide for Tire Safety & Maintenance

Your vehicle's tires stand between your car and the road - they ensure proper handling and have the important job of getting your vehicle to move in the direction you want it to. Tires are specifically built with safety in mind so that you can get to your destination under many different circumstances. Worn down tires can pose a risk to your safety on the road and decrease your vehicle's overall efficiency. This is why it is vital to always remain mindful of your tires and understand proper maintenance to keep them in good condition. 

When you drive with a bad set of tires, such as tires that are severely worn down, it can have many different effects on both your safety and your car's performance. Tires are specifically designed with tread, which allows your vehicle to make contact with the road, even through liquid or dirt. When the tread on your tires is worn down significantly, your tires aren't able to really grab onto the road to control your vehicle's movements - think of wearing sneakers in an ice skating rink. If your tires tread is worn out, it's time to get a new set. 

One key part of tire maintenance is air pressure. Tires are designed to be inflated to a certain pressure to maximize performance and protect their integrity. When you drive with under inflated tires, you decrease your vehicle's fuel efficiency and put your tires at risk for a blowout. Overinflated tires can also cause tire bulging and excessive wear, so we recommend checking your vehicle's tire pressure at least once a month. 

Another important part of tire maintenance is rotation and balancing. Some tire positions wear faster than others, so it is important to rotate the tire tires periodically to ensure that they wear down evenly. They should also all be balanced correctly so that the tires are carry the same weight. Hoesly Automotive can assist when you need tire rotation and balancing performed, which is typically recommended every 6,000 miles or so. 

Another way you can better maintain your tires is just by inspecting them visually every now and again. Look for any bugling, tears, excessive wear, cracks, or fraying. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you can bring your vehicle into our experts and we can determine if the issue needs to be addressed now or if it is minor. You never want to risk being stranded with a flat, so we encourage you to take care of any tire problems as they arise to protect your safety on the road. 

The better you maintain your tires, the more money you'll end up saving yourself on tires over time and the more reliable your car will be. If you happen to need any maintenance or service performed, don't hesitate to give us a call here at Hoesly Automotive or stop by our shop today for friendly assistance! 

 

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