Tires sold in the U.S. are rated based on the type of tire and their use. The manufacturer provides info on each tire, including its speed rating, load capacity, its expected “mileage” life based on normal driving conditions, as well as the correct PSI for each tire. But what is “normal”? Everyone drives different.
Fast acceleration and quick stops can wear your tires faster. Road temperatures and the elements you’re driving in, also make a difference. The climate you live in, as well as the time of year can affect tires. Tires can also dry-rot over time, making them more prone to blow-outs or just becoming flat.
- Check your tire pressure on all your tires, including your spare tire, monthly. Even cars that have TPMS sensors need to be checked, since sensors can malfunction.
- Check the tread wear monthly.
- Have your tires rotated quarterly. During this process, your mechanic will inspect tires for punctures, nails and other objects, uneven wear, and to make sure they aren’t dry-rotting.
- Replace your tires at least every 5 years with manufacturer recommended tires, which you can find in your owner’s manual.
Tires “health” is important. Failing tires can cause damage to your vehicle and even accidents if you have a blow out at highway speeds.
If you need help with checking your tires, give us a call or stop by, and we will be happy to help.