American Pride Car Care Tips: TIRES
Back to school time is fast approaching. Are your vehicles tires ready for the commutes, the carpooling and the cooler Fall temperatures? Here are a few areas to look at to make sure your tires are working well.
1. Maintain proper inflation. When outside temperatures drop or soar, tires tend to lose pressure. A drop of 10 degrees F (6 degrees C), in fact, will decrease a tire’s air pressure by 1 or 2 pounds. Tires can lose even more air in hot weather. Under-inflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance. If you live in a place where temperatures vary a lot, check your tire pressure often and add air as needed.
Check tires when they are cold (driven for less than one mile) for an accurate reading.
2. Check your tire tread for safety to be ready for winter. If you drive in snow, you’ll need at least 3/16-inch (5 mm) of tread to get adequate traction. Stick an American penny between the treads. If the top of the Lincoln Memorial is always covered, you’re ready for winter driving.
3. Check for uneven wear. Check tires for uneven wear. If you’ve maintained tire inflation properly, uneven wear may indicate the need for wheel realignment. It can also mean improperly operating brakes or shocks, a bent wheel, internal tire damage, or worn bushings.
We at American Pride hope that you all have an enjoyable rest of your summer and a safe start to your school year. Don’t forget to visit us at Lakeshore and E. 156th for your carwashing and car care product needs.
Meghan DiCocco, American Pride Car Washes