When it comes to used or new tires, there are a lot of mistakes vehicle owners can make. Drivers education class is a course that we all went through, but how much do you remember about tire maintenance? Most courses only cover the rules and regulation of the road, but not how to maintain your vehicle. Even though you have obtained a Florida driver license, there are still a few things to learn. One of those things is how to take properly maintain your tires.
Did you know that the only part of your vehicle that touches the road is your tires? Since tires are the only part of the vehicle that touches the road, it makes them an important safety feature and a crucial part of your vehicle maintenance. Our goal at GP Tires & Auto Care is to make sure that you can take care of your tires in case of an emergency.
·The Importance оf TPMS
Your TPMS light comes on while you’re driving, what do you do? TMPS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System and it alerts you when your tires pressure is too low. When your TMPS light comes on, we recommend one of the following options. Well for starters, check the pressure in all tires using a tire pressure gauge. Most tires have a recommended pressure of 30-35 PSI. If you want to be sure; You can look up the pressure that’s recommended for your vehicle, look at the sticker in the driver’s door jam, or check the owner’s manual (if you still have one). If your pressure is not within the recommended range, you should add or remove air to reach proper inflation.
After performing these steps and your TMPS light is still on, come to GP Tires & Auto Care so one of our specialists can examine the tire. We advise you to come in as soon as possible because that will determine if you’re going to need to replace the tire or not. Low tire pressure is the leading cause of tread damage, blowouts, and premature wear. Which means you’re more likely to get a flat tire or even worst in a car accident the longer you wait to take care of your tires issues.
Make sure you keep track of when you should perform a routine maintenance. Your tires should be rotated on a regular schedule. Your owner’s manual can give you a suggested maintenance routine or you can ask us for advice. Tire rotation involves moving your tires and wheels to different positions on your vehicle. This will allow your tire tread to wear down evenly. It also gives your mechanic a chance to double check your tire pressure and take a quick look at your brakes.
Keeping up to date with your tire maintenance plays a big role in maximizing the life expectancy of your tires, but no tire will last forever. It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are or how well you take care of your tire, time will natural affected it. Natural oils in rubber will evaporate over time causing cracks and damage. Tire maintenance is about keeping tires safe and making them last longer. If your tires make it hazardous to drive, it’s time to give us a call!