Tire Pressure, Tread and Safety

When was the last time you checked your tire pressure? Fewer and fewer service stations provide this service these days so it’s a good idea to purchase a tire guage and check it yourself. Properly inflated tires promote better gas mileage and traction.

An over inflated tire has less contact between the tread and the pavement. This results in bouncing and an increase in stopping distance.

Under inflated tires have too much contact with the road causing increased friction which could lead to over heating. Over heated tires are dangerous. An over heated tread can separate from the tire causing dangerous blowouts and costly repairs.

It’s also important to monitor the tread depth of your tires. You can do this using the penny test. Simply take a penny and turn it so President Lincoln’s head is facing downward. Then stick the coin between the treads of the tires.

If you see all of Lincoln’s head, you have less than 2/32nds of an inch of tread and it is time to replace those tires.

Fluids Leaking From Vehicle

Have you seen a puddle under your car? This is never a good sign. If something is leaking, you’ll need to get your vehicle looked at right away. Whether it is oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze or gas this is something that needs fixing immediately.

Many experts recommend a quick check before starting your vehicle. A quick walk around the vehicle and a peek underneath to check for trouble will give you a chance to identify problems before you make them worse by running your car without proper fluids.

Manufacturer’s Scheduled Maintenance

Mechanic using a wrench and socket on the engine of a motor car during a service or repair in an automotive workshop close up of his hands

Some folks believe that scheduled maintenance translates into, “just another way for the dealership to gouge me.” It can be tempting to put off oil changes and other maintenance, but ignoring your ride will cost you in the long term.

Consider how much you spent on your vehicle. For maximum return on your investment, follow the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance plan and make sure to keep an eye on things in between.

Maybe the vehicle is running great at the moment and perhaps you’ve been lucky. Avoid finding yourself stranded on the side of the highway waiting for a costly tow to the a mechanic’s shop. Take care of scheduled maintenance when it is due.