How to Check Your Car Tires – Before Taking Long Roads
So you planned to take a long road trip with your car? But have you checked if you need to change your car tires? If not, here are some things you should check before you go for long drives.
Why check your car tread wear?
The most important reason. Safety. With bad tire treads, your car may respond poorly in adverse to weather conditions. And with good treads, you’ll be safe and your car will grip the road better. So, once every month or before you take long road trips, you have to check your tires for wear and damage problems.
How to check your tires Depth?
An easy way to check if your car tires depth is good, is with the Penny Test. Place an Abraham Lincoln penny between the tread ribs on the car tire. Turn the penny so that Lincoln’s head points down into the thread.
Check if the top of his head disappears between the ribs. If it does your tire depth is good. On the other hand, if you can see his entire head, it is the time to replace your car tires, because the threads aren’t deep enough.
You should do this test with each of the vehicle tires. and in various places of the tires.
Check tire pressure
To check your tire pressure, use a pressure gauge, then if needed fill your tires with air. To check car tires pressure, first, remove the valve stem cap, press the gauge head onto the valve stem, use firm pressure to stop the hissing sound. Then read the pressure on the gauge. Compare this pressure with your vehicle’s recommended pressure to see if it’s good.
Check the car tires age
After you’ve checked the car tread depth and pressure, you should also check your car tire condition and age. Inspect your tires for any damage on the sidewalls, like cuts, scrapes bulges, cracks, etc. If you see anything that doesn’t look good, go to a mechanic or buy new tires.
Your car tires may last for years, but this depends on how much you drive and on what environment you drive. It is recommended that tires should be removed from service 10 years after the date of manufacture.
Vehicle tires are a vital part of your car and you should maintain them to have a safe drive.