Maintaining the Life of Your Tires
Written by: Michelle Meerse Categories: Auto Insurance, Risk Management
Did you know, checking your tires on a regular basis is critical and can help you stay safe on the road? If you’re anything like me, you may sometimes take your car’s health for granted… assuming the warning lights and whistles are all you need to get by. But… proper maintenance of your tires can improve your fuel efficiency, help prevent unwanted accidents and maintain proper steering. Check out the following tips to help maintain your tires:
- Rotate your tires every 10,000 to 13,000 kilometres. This practice will ensure that your tires wear evenly.
- Check your tire pressure once a month. Underinflated tires can lead to tire stress, irregular wear and car accidents. The right amount of air pressure needed for your tires can be found in your owner’s manual.
- Check your tire tread depth regularly. Tread is what gives your vehicle the traction it needs to stop and hold the road on curves. One way to check your tread depth is by using the nickel or quarter test. Hold the coin with the head facing down. If any tread is covering the figurehead, you have a safe amount of tread remaining on the tire. If the full figurehead is exposed, it’s time for new tires.
By taking the time to properly maintain your tires, you can help ensure both your own and other drivers’ safety on the road. Happy driving!