Don’t minimize the crucial importance of tire maintenance. Many car owners skip it. However, no one wants to have or cause a motor vehicle accident due to the deteriorating or neglected state of their tires. According to AAA, “Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety.” Tires clearly merit being looked at fairly often. Experiencing a sudden blowout can be very hazardous.
AAA advises monthly tire checks. If you live where the temperature is cold, put lots of miles on your vehicle routinely, or travel on rutted pavements, look at your tires more frequently.
How to spot tires that are worn
There are indications of problematic tire wear that you need to be alert to. You might be able to notice some of them when the car is stationary. Other red flags could emerge while the car is moving. Some tire trouble points to other systems or parts of the car that may require repair:
- Too much wear on a tire’s edge can stem from an alignment issue
- Odd sounds such as thumping
- Car is veering to the left or right
- Being inflated inadequately or excessively
- Uneven wear
Balance, alignment, and rotation are also important to your tires’ ability to function properly. Resolve any problems promptly.
Make tire maintenance an ongoing part of crash prevention
Tires are one of the most important moving parts of a vehicle, and may also be the most ignored. Stay safe and keep others safe as well by periodically noting their condition. Getting into a crash or causing one is something everyone wants to avoid.