Prioritize Your Vehicles Tires
Prioritize Your Vehicle’s Tires Before the Snow Falls
We all know the snow will be making its way to North Dakota before too long. Your vehicle’s tires are vulnerable to these conditions, so it is important to properly take care of your tires each month and ensure you have them inspected at each regular service visit.
The right tires contribute to your vehicle’s handling and performance, and can impact fuel efficiency and
safety. If your tires are showing signs of wear (current tread level being worn down, cuts, tears, bubbles, cracking, or uneven tread-wear, age of tires, or even poor ride quality) it may be time to get them replaced.
Your safety on the road has always been our priority. Worn tires can have an adverse effect on acceleration, braking, and cornering of your vehicle. New tires drastically improve stopping distance, which can help avoid a collision. Even a slight imbalance on the tires and wheels can cause your vehicle to overturn at high speeds especially when making turns.
Quick tips for proper maintenance to ensure your tires are ready to hit the road:
- Check your tire pressure monthly. Tires can lose approximately one pound per square inch of air (PSI) per month and may lose even more in colder weather. Under-inflated tires decrease vehicle handling and gas mileage, and can lead to premature tread wear and a catastrophic blowout. By checking your vehicle’s tire pressure regularly, you can extend their life. To find the appropriate tire pressures for your vehicle, check your owner’s manual.
- Inspect tires regularly. When you’re checking tire pressure or washing your car, do a physical inspection of your tires. Look for cracks, bulges, and objects that may have punctured the tire, such as nails, screws, glass, or stones. If you’re going on a long road trip, check your tire pressure and inspect your tires before you leave home so you don’t end up on the side of the road unexpectedly.
- Rotate your tires. In order to get the maximum life out of your tires and maintain even tread wear, it’s recommended that you rotate your tires every 6 months or 5,000 miles.
**If you buy a set of tires from Cedric Theel Toyota, you receive free rotations for the life of the tires.
- Don’t install mismatched tires. Having mismatched tires can negatively impact the handling of your car and cause unusual wear and tear on the other tires. The rule of thumb for buying tires is to always buy at least two tires and put them on the rear of the vehicle no matter what type of vehicle you own for better handling under wet conditions.
- Don’t wait until it’s too late. Tires are not particularly fun to buy; however, driving on bad tires that are past their life, may put you and your family in danger.
Bring your vehicle to Cedric Theel Toyota and one of our trained technicians will ensure your tires are mounted, balanced and inflated to match your vehicle’s specifications.