The tires on your car play a vital role in your car’s value and safety, so ensuring that they are in good, working condition is important. That’s why today’s tips are focused on your tires!
Tire Tip 1:
Tire Pressure – Ensuring your tires have the recommended amount of air can not only help your tires last longer, it can actually save you money on gas! For starters, if you don’t already have one, pick up a tire pressure gauge at your local Wal-Mart or auto parts store. While several retailers sell gauges that cost upwards of $50, you can find a gauge that will get the job done for as little as $7. Once you have your pressure gauge, check the pressure in your tires monthly.
It’s best to check the pressure prior to driving your vehicle, or at least an hour after it has been driven. Air expands as it gets warmer, so checking the pressure immediately after driving your vehicle may not give you an accurate reading.
Not sure how much pressure should be in your tires? Check your owner’s manual or visit Firestone’s website. From there you can enter your car’s year, make and model to find its recommended pressure. If your tires are low, you can fill them up at most any gas station for a small charge.
Tire Tip 2:
Tire Tread – The second thing you want to check is the tread on your tires. Your tread provides traction and traction is what keeps you on the road. So, you always want to check and make sure your tires still have a decent amount of tread on them. Checking your tire tread is easy and all you’ll need is a penny. Just place the penny with Abe Lincoln’s head pointed down in your tire’s tread. If you can see the top of his head you most likely need new tires! For more information on the penny test, visit http://www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/pennytiretest/.
Tire Tip 3:
Don’t forget your spare – Checking the pressure in your spare tire is just as important as checking it in your other four tires. You never know when an emergency may happen and you’ll need to utilize your spare tire. Taking the time to make sure it has the correct tire pressure will ensure it’s in good, working condition should it come time to use it.
Tires are expensive. Following these three tips will help extend the life of your tires, give you better gas mileage and keep you safe. Good tires can also help you secure your car title loan. When title loan companies asses your vehicle one of the things they look at are your tires. Having well-maintained tires with good tread could mean you get even more money for your car title!
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