Tire maintenance tips
Fortunately, your tires are one of the easiest parts of your vehicle to maintain. So long as you keep up on the routine maintenance of your tires, things should run smoothly and your commute should be a breeze, at least where your wheels are concerned.
However, because they are so easy to maintain, your tires are often overlooked until there is an issue. It also doesn’t help that a brand-new tire isn’t necessarily inexpensive, especially depending on what make and model of a vehicle you have.
As a part of our effort to keep all of our readers informed and entertained, you may have noticed we started a few regular topics such as How-To Thursday. We also are going to be starting Service Tip Tuesday. For this Service Tip Tuesday, we will be covering tire maintenance tips to make your lives easier.
Rotate tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles
Put new tires on the back axle
- This provides an added level of security when it comes to controlling a vehicle on wet or slippery roads. It doesn’t matter what drivetrain your vehicle features (i.e. front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive), if you don’t have enough traction from your rear tires, your vehicle will spin. This is essential when it comes to driving in Edmonton winters.
Keep tire pressure at the recommended level
- By keeping your tire pressure at the recommended level for your specific vehicle, your tires have a better grip on the road. The specific level of tire pressure for your vehicle will likely be in your owner’s manual.
Check your tire pressure regularly
- This goes hand-in-hand with keeping your pressure at the recommended level. If you don’t check your tire pressure regularly, how will you know if you need to add air pressure? Spoiler alert: you won’t know until something bad happens, like a flat tire or a spin-out during a snowstorm.
Check tread depth regularly
- Your tires need to have those little grooves on the surface in order to handle any type of pavement. When your tires have no tread depth, it is easy for them to lose traction. This can result in a crash, which is something that no one wants. Use the quarter trick to check your tires’ tread: place a quarter upside down in the tire’s groove, and if you can see Washington’s head, you should get a new tire.