How Important is Tire Maintenance?

If you were ask ask a survivalist, or just watch Man vs Wild, you’d come to find that one of the most important things to maintain in a survival situation is your feet. Well, driving your car to the grocery store may not feel like a life or death situation, but your tires are like the feet of your car. If you don’t maintain them properly, you can find yourself in a sticky spot pretty quickly.

 

After proper inflation, the next thing you want to make sure to monitor is the tread on your tires. a common trick to determine how much life is left in your tread is to take a penny and insert it in to the tread with Abe turned upside down. If you can still see the top of his head above the tread, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to replace the tire.

 

Just being cognizant of a few things should help you avoid any catastrophic failures at inopportune times. For just a couple of bucks you can buy a tire pressure gauge that should give you a fairly good idea of when your tires could use some air. Tires that are inflated to the proper PSI provide better fuel efficiency¬†and last longer, so it’s worth it to keep an eye out for any under-inflated wheels.

 

Replacing old, worn out tires is a good idea, but to get the most life out of them, try rotating them every 8-10 thousand miles. This will ensure even wear, and you won’t end up replacing a whole set of tires just because one has worn all the way down before the others.