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Your tires keep you on the road, but only if you keep your tires road-ready. Routine tire maintenance is more important than you might think, and you’ll likely save money not having to replace them as often as you might currently be. You’ll be safer on the road, and one of these winters you might just notice it. Here are our pro tips for extending the life of your tires:

Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly

Notice how we said “properly”. Check your tire pressure regularly, especially during the winters when they take a punching. Many vehicle manufacturers recommend you increase your tire pressure during the winters, and it’s also true that the weather can have an adverse effect on your tire pressure. So be sure to keep your tires inflated to the recommended PSI pressure, and pay special attention to this during the winter!

Under-inflated tires will also lower your gas mileage, and that’s another thing you really don’t need during an exhaustive winter. You’ll save up to ten cents per gallon keeping your tires at the right pressure. Proper inflation is probably the number one thing you can do to protect yourself and your wallet. Your tires’ durability and safety on the road are very dependent on proper inflation, and so is your fuel consumption, so keep this in mind on the road whenever you’re close to a tire pump!

It’s About Keeping Balance

Driving Change Automotive Group dealerships can also help you with your regular tire maintenance, and it really is a matter of keeping your tires balanced, aligned, and rotated regularly. Unbalanced tires can lead to uneven and excessive wear, and so can misaligned tires. This is where Driving Change Automotive Group dealerships have you covered, so be sure to bring your car in this year if you haven’t already!

Close-up of mechanic repairman hands during balancing automobile car wheel on balancer

Check the Tread

Driving Change Automotive Group dealerships can check for you to see if your tires are aging. We’ll check the tread and we’ll see if your tires are suffering from old age or other factors. The tread is one of the best indicators of a tire’s age, and if you’d prefer, you can check this yourself.

With a tire tread-depth gauge:

  • Locate the shallowest groove in the tread
  • Insert the gauge pin until the base is flush with the tire
  • Check the scale. If your tires have a tread depth of 4/32″ or less, you should really consider replacing them

With a quarter:

  • Insert a quarter into the shallowest groove in the tread
  • Turn it so the caribou’s nose is down
  • If the tread covers the tip of the nose, your tires are likely just fine, but if not, bring in your vehicle

So there you have it: our top tips for extending the life of your tires and keeping them on the road as long as you need them to be. Keep smart and keep safe–and keep those tires in tip-top shape!

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