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.