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How to Examine Your Tires for Wear and Tear

You should look at your tires for wear at least once a month and before and after long trips. You can know a lot about the overall condition and performance of your vehicle from regular checks of your tire treads. Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, are needed to ensuring your vehicle's safety on the road.


file4901240590828It will only take a penny to check if your tires are worn or losing tread. Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, are essential to ensuring your vehicle's safety on the road and helping to improve gas mileage and performance. The penny test is an easy, yet effective way to determine whether or not you need to buy new tires. If you see Lincoln's head above the tread, you are ready for brand new tires.

Tires are crucial to a vehicle's handling and traction, and having proper pressure is vitally important to vehicle safety. Underinflated tires are under stress and will wear unevenly, causing them to need to be changed sooner. Consistently checking tire balance and wheel alignment lessens tire wear, improves handling, and increases fuel economy.

Vehicle owners should check the pressure of all tires, including the spare, every month and more often during colder weather. Moreover, the tread should be checked for uneven or unnatural wear as well as cuts or bruises along sidewalls.

If the vehicle shakes or pulls to one side, it could be a indication of an alignment issue. Because uneven or accelerated tire wear may indicate an alignment problemFree Web Content, it's a good idea to have the alignment checked at least once a year. Wheel balance can shift resulting from normal tire wear and unbalanced wheels can cause rapid wear of shock absorbers and struts.

James Blanchard

James Blanchard writes for which provides an inexpensive instant car history reports for second-hand cars in the United States. VinAudit is an authorized consumer access service provider for National Motor Vehicle Title Information System(NMVTIS).