May 4, 2017
New and longtime car owners alike aren’t always confident that they know how to maintain their vehicle. Thankfully, a lot of the trick to conscientious maintenance is as easy as coming up with a simple, effective plan to minimize wear—and visiting your local auto service center at regular intervals. Today we’ll focus on 3 tire care tips that will help keep you and your family safe while ensuring fewer visits to the tire store.
Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
If you don’t know it already, check your vehicle owner’s manual or the tire placard on your vehicle’s door edge to find the target pressure. By maintaining this as consistently as you can, you’ll increase your overall gas mileage, as well as the lifespan of your tires.
Get your tires rotated professionally and on schedule.
Another quick check with your owner’s manual will point you in the right direction here, which is usually around every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Professional tire rotation is key because each tire takes on different pressures during normal usage; for example, you lose pressure from braking and accumulate extra tire wear from turning. A tire rotation balances those differences, preventing the need to replace one tire due to focused wear.
Check your tread.
A healthy tire tread is crucial for keeping you and your passengers safe, especially in tough road conditions. You might be surprised by how simple the test is. First, place a quarter into a tread groove with Washington’s head facing down. If there is space between the tread and Washington’s perfect hairdo, you should seek professional advice and expect to buy new tires. And if you’ve heard about the classic penny test, stick to keeping a quarter in your glove box; the Lincoln version isn’t relevant to modern tires (or times).
By following these simple tips alongside soliciting advice from automotive specialists, you’ll be driving safer, avoiding tire emergencies, and spending less overall. Whew.
Get Your Tires Checked at Village Toyota
Whether you own a new Toyota or another make and model, don’t hesitate to contact Village Toyota at (352) 628-5100 to discuss your tire concerns and ask about our current tire specials. We can rotate, align, or replace any brand of tire, guaranteed. Located in Homosassa, Florida, our Village Toyota dealership and tire care center is convenient to drivers from all over Citrus County, including Brooksville, Spring Hill, and Dunnellon.
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