5 Tips for Keeping Your Tires in Good Shape

Think about it – driving is one of the most dangerous things we do in our lives. We all rely on four tires to keep us traveling on the ride safely, so keeping our tires in great shape is essential.

Here are some tips to help you do that:

Tip #1: Check your tire pressure regularly.

The proper inflation of your tires is crucial to your safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the leading cause of tire-related crashes is under-inflated tires.” Tires can lose approximately one pound per square inch of air (PSI) per month, and sometimes even more in cold weather climates. Therefore, it’s important that you’re checking your own tire pressure monthly and not just relying on your mechanic to check when you get your oil changed.

Keep a gauge in your glovebox, and visit your neighborhood gas station to get free air if your pressure is too low.

Tip #2: Inspect your tires often.

Doing a physical inspection on your tires regularly is very important, especially before heading off on a long road trip. Things you should be looking for include cracks, bulges, and any objects that could have punctured your tires, such as nails, screws, glass, or rocks. In the case of anything puncturing your tires, you will need to get them replaced.

Tip #3: Don’t skip a tire rotation.

To maintain even tread wear and get the maximum life out of your tires, it’s best that you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. You can even get a tire rotation done at the same time as a regular oil change, and they are fairly inexpensive to perform.

Tip #4: Replace your tires before it’s too late.

We all know tires are pretty expensive; however, driving on your tires past their lifespan puts you and your family in danger. Most tires have a wear bar between the treads of the tire. If the tire tread depth is at or below this bar, it’s time for new tires.

Tip #5: Don’t overload your vehicle.

Overloading a vehicle is not good for it and can cause tire failure. There is a place card located on your doorframe with information about how much weight your vehicle can safely handle.

Performance Auto Repair carries a wide variety of car and truck tires for sale. When in doubt about whether a tire can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced, consult the tire professionals at Performance Auto Repair. Call us today at (334) 245-6600!

Why Proper Tire Rotation and Balance is So Important for Your Vehicle

Everyone knows that you won’t get far on bad tires. Getting your tires inspected and rotated regularly is essential to keeping your car or truck in good condition. While regular rotation is good for your tires, it also has other benefits for your vehicle that you may not have considered. A quality mechanic like Performance Auto Repair can help you make sure your tires are in good shape and that everything is working properly when you hit the road. Continue reading “Why Proper Tire Rotation and Balance is So Important for Your Vehicle” »

Why is Tire Repair Important?

In 2000, the Federal Highway Administration reported nearly 200 million licensed drivers. Most drivers in their thirties and forties clock around 15,000 miles every year. That’s a lot of driving! It also means that their tires see a lot of wear and tear. This means that they may need to be repaired sooner rather than later. Continue reading “Why is Tire Repair Important?” »

Why Should You Always Have a Tire Inflator in Your Truck?

There are some truck accessories that exist purely to make your vehicle look cool. However, there are others that are quite useful and essential, such as the tire inflator. Not many people use this handy little gadget, but it can make all the difference when you’re stranded on the side of the road.  Continue reading “Why Should You Always Have a Tire Inflator in Your Truck?” »

Why Tire Rotation is Important for Your Safety

How often do you think about your car’s tires? If you’re like most people, the answer is, “Never.” What most people don’t realize is how critical tires are to vehicle safety. Tire wear can negatively impact performance, and if you don’t perform basic maintenance, then you may void your tire warranty. Tire rotation is a crucial step if you want to increase vehicle safety. Continue reading “Why Tire Rotation is Important for Your Safety” »

Keep Your Car’s Tires in the Best Shape

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We tend to neglect our tires because we are more concerned about the aesthetics of our car’s body and interior, as well as more concerned about making sure everything in the engine is working.  However, properly working tires are essential to a well-running vehicle. Continue reading “Keep Your Car’s Tires in the Best Shape” »

How Your Tires Can Affect Your Car’s Gas Mileage

How Your Tires Can Affect Your Car's Gas Mileage

Getting the best gas mileage is a primary concern for many car owners and for good reason. Gas is one of the most expensive necessities in life that is needed to get you from point A to point B, so saving money on fuel for your car whenever possible is definitely a positive move. Numerous factors affect the gas mileage that your car gets, but perhaps one of the most influential factors is the tires on your car.

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How to Keep Your Tires in Perfect Condition

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The tires on your vehicle support its weight and provide a cushion between metal and roadway. They’re an important part of your car, truck or van and something you shouldn’t neglect. To keep your tires in perfect condition throughout the year, you’re going to need to do a couple of things. Tire maintenance is an essential part of being an automobile owner.

Wear and Tear

The first is optional and based on your living situation, but you should park your vehicle in a garage or under a carport if you have one available. This keeps the sun from beating down on and cracking the rubber on your tires. Old, weathered tires are more than just an eyesore; they pose a dangerous threat to drivers. Good tire maintenance prevents damage from occurring to tires and money from coming out of your bank account.

Poor tire maintenance makes tires wear out quickly. ‘Bald tires’ no longer have the traction they had when they were new and present a problem when there is water or ice on roadways. The rubber doesn’t grip the road like it should and can cause your vehicle to hydroplane and strike whatever is in your path.

Check Up On Your Tires

Keeping your tires in perfect condition takes effort. That’s why you should always read your vehicle registration manual for important information regarding tire pressure, tire size, and tire type. Tire maintenance requires constant and vigilant upkeep.

Visually looking at tires for cracks, knots, bulges, and penetrations helps you to prevent new tires from becoming damaged. It gives you the opportunity to have repairs done before blowing a tire and bending a rim. Mechanics emphasize the necessity of tire maintenance. Having a professional rotate your tires and check for damage after a fender bender is one way to keep them in perfect condition.

Tire maintenance is an important part of being a vehicle owner. Do your part to keep your tires properly inflated and place your automobile in a garage or under a carport if possible. Don’t place different sized tires on your vehicle and refrain from mounting new tires on your automobile. Leave that to a professional who knows the dangers the job entails.

Need a helping hand to look after your tires and ensure that your car is safe for the road? Call the professionals at Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery at (334) 245-6600 today.

Extend Tire Life with Wheel Alignments

Everyone likes to protect a good investment. Vehicles are no different. There are almost 200 million drivers in the United States alone, all of whom spend about 15 hours a week in their cars. That’s a lot of time spent with your vehicle.

Owning a vehicle has plenty of implied costs associated with it. Maintenance, repairs, gas, and oil changes to name a few. Buying new tires is one of the bigger expenses that come along with that investment and time spent together. However, there are ways to keep tires in good condition for longer.

Importance of Alignment

Proper wheel alignment is what helps a vehicle handle smoothly. Misalignment, along with incorrect tire inflation, are the two main factors that cause tires to wear prematurely. Poor al

ignment alone can reduce a tire’s lifespan by 70%. That would result in buying a lot of new tires in the time you own your vehicle.

If your car has a tendency to vibrate, shimmy, or pull to one side while driving at highway speeds there’s a chance that you may be in need of an alignment. These problems can be caused by curb bumping (aka curb checking), taking corners too fast, or braking hard frequently. While some of these things are inavoidable at times, making a habit of them can result in misalignment that in turn causes tires to wear unevenly.

Aside from not having to buy new tires as often, alignments can help save money in other ways too. Tire wear may not seem like it’s that big of a deal, think again. Uneven wear can contribute to poor road handling and even reduce your vehicles fuel efficiency if the problem isn’t addressed promptly.

Come to Performance Trucks and Auto if you notice any changes in the handling of your vehicle, see noticeable wear on your tires, or know you’ve recently hit something with your wheel.

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