Tire Maintenance Tips
Tires are your first point of contact with the road, so it’s vital to keep up regular inspection and maintenance. Luckily, tire maintenance is also one of the easiest skills a driver can learn.
Bald tires have bad traction, so keep track of tire tread by using the penny test, where you stick a penny into the tread to see whether it goes above Lincoln’s head. Some tires also have tread bars that only become visible when the tread wears down.
Regularly check your tire pressure, especially when there are drastic weather changes, as cold temperatures make air contract and reduce pressure. Low tire pressure means bad traction, so don’t ignore this step.
Rotating your tires ensures that they wear evenly, which gives you better traction, can improve gas mileage, and even contributes to the health of your engine.
Having your tires rotated when you get an oil change is an easy way to get this step in, or you can do it at home. Just make sure you follow the right rotation pattern for your car!
Getting New Tires
Unless you’re buying a set of all new tires, always put new tires on the back wheels. If one of the front tires goes flat and you buy a new tire to replace it, move the old back tire to the front wheel and put the new tire on the back wheel. Better traction in your back tires will help keep you from spinning out.