• Don’t neglect your tires!

    Keeping up with your vehicle’s tire maintenance is just as important as checking its oil and other fluids. A car’s tires can easily be overlooked, as many owners focus on their engine when worrying about breakdown issues. Tires are just as important to keep up with, though; no one wants to deal with a flat tire on a busy road. In addition, proper tire care can save you money. Not only can you extend your tires lifespan, saving you from costly replacements, but proper tire inflation can also help with fuel efficiency – and everyone wants to save a little gas money. Here are some basic tips for Woodlawn IL motorists to make sure you keep your tires healthy.

    Proper tire maintenance includes:

    •Rotate your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. This is vital in the prevention of uneven tire wear.

    •Always put new tires on the rear axle. Giving your vehicle the most grip on the rear axle will help drivers keep control on wet roads.

    •Keep your tire pressure at the suggested level. Again, proper pressure will help prevent traction loss on wet surfaces as well as assist with handling and braking. This should be checked monthly and before any long trips. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle can be found on a placard on the driver’s doorjamb.

    •Check your tire’s tread on a regular basis. It’s all about traction. Worn tires simply can’t grip the road as well as they should. Use a penny to check this. When placed in the tire tread upside down, the tread should cover the top section of Lincoln’s head.

    •High speed driving can damage your tire. Higher speeds bring extra heat and friction to your tires which can make them wear down faster. It’s best to stay within the suggested speed limit – for a number of reasons.

    •Check your spare tire as often as your regular tires. A flat tire is often a surprise. You don’t want another shock when you grab your spare and discover it’s flat as well.