We all tend to not give much thought to our tires. It’s easy to take them for granted, right up to the time you find yourself stuck on the shoulder with a shredded tire! Here are some things to check to make sure your tires are up to the task of holiday travel:
--Check for uneven tire wear on the front tires. A tire that’s worn on an outside or inside edge , or has a “sawtooth” contour to the tread face, is a sign of a wheel alignment problem. If a front tire is unevenly worn, have your front end alignment checked – and if it’s not too severely worn, have the tires rotated.
--Since we mentioned it, you should be having your tires rotated regularly anyway. A 5,000 mile interval is recommended for proper tire wear, and is required on your tire warranty. The 5,000 mile interval ...[more]
Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.
A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, i ...[more]